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Year 2 - Squirrels

Welcome to Year 2 - Squirrels!



Miss Reynolds is our class teacher.

Mrs Negus and Miss Bada are our TA's.





Home Learning - School Closure


Due to the school closure for most pupils and the advice to stay inside I will be sending work home regularly to help your child to continue with their learning at home. The school has sent out a pack of work to be completed and I will be setting tasks daily on Class Dojo so please do ensure you check it regularly. If you have any problems at all accessing Class Dojo please contact the school office and we can assist.

Below are a list of great websites to help your child learn from home:







https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - this site is predominately for teachers but during the lockdown they have free access for parents too.


This can be a scary time for both parents and children so try to find a routine that works for you as a family. You can adapt the suggested activities to suit you and your child and be as creative as you want. Try to make learning fun, for yourself and your child. Remember to stay safe and look after each other.

Week: 30/3/20-3/4/20


Monday 30th March

Another week and another day of fun home learning. I was so impressed with everyone’s attitude last week and loved seeing all of your hard work! Well done children and parents!



Today I would like you to look at this picture of a little boy called Oliver. How do you think he is feeling? Why might he be feeling that way? What can you tell about him from his room? What does he look like? What might be happening to him? I would like you to do a ‘role on the wall’ in the same way as we usually do when we start a new book. Draw an outline of a person (can be a gingerbread person if you want) and inside I want you to write what Oliver might be feeling and on the outside I want you to write what we can tell about him from his bedroom and what he looks like. Please send me photos of your work through your portfolio and messages, I can’t wait to see them!



Today we are going to learn about position and direction. For Year 2 this includes positional language and directions. http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/location/eng/Introduction/default.htm Please use this website to practise using the correct maths vocabulary and to give directions. There are lots of sections to the website and it is really good fun so hopefully you will enjoy it. To help your child further how about making a treasure hunt around the house with each of you giving instructions including left and right turns. You could even have a go, safely, at giving instructions to someone who is blindfolded using a scarf or similar.



As it is the last week of term before Easter our topic this week has an Easter theme. So for your first task I would like you to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nw46FH1-WY  to find out about the life cycle of a Chick. During Easter we celebrate new life so that is why we often see chicks and eggs in the shops. Can you draw the life cycle of a chick? Perhaps you could explain each stage. Do you remember the chicks hatching last year? For an extra challenge you could find out the names of other baby birds or animals. Here are some I found:

A baby duck is called a duckling.

A baby goose is called a gosling (say GOZ-ling)

A baby eagle is called a fledgling or an eaglet.

A baby swan is called a cygnet (say SIG-net) or a flapper.

A baby pigeon is called a squab (say SKWAHB).




Tuesday 31st March

Here are today’s challenges Squirrels. Have fun!



Today I am going to tell you a little bit more about Oliver. Oliver had moved to a big city and he knew no one. He was very sad and lonely. One day he found a dog called Patch. He loved Patch and together they played, cuddled and went for long walks. For the first time ever Oliver felt happy. But Oliver knew that Patch had a real owner and every evening Patch would look sadly out of the window because he missed his owner. Oliver made a poster to help find Patch’s owner. Today I would like you to make your own ‘found’ poster about Patch. Try to describe Patch as much as you can.



Watch this SuperMovers to learn more about directional language. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-position-&-direction/zhh9scw I wonder if you could make a map and then give instructions to move around it. If you want to you could use the attached map and plot directions. You can give these instructions verbally or even write down some instructions.



Here’s a little Easter related craft activity for you. Have a go at some of these Easter crafts. Make sure you follow the video instructions carefully. For most of them you will just need paper, scissors and glue (some do not require glue). I’d love to see any photographs of your finished product!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYSzOuY5_Jg – Easter bobble bunny

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zL_EQkqrmg – Easter bunny

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPxBd7H2ayo&list=PLKbciY7fzPuofX-nVONBsFJ9UyWbu7nWr&index=7&t=0s – Easter bookmark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxqA7OwV8XY&list=PLKbciY7fzPuofX-nVONBsFJ9UyWbu7nWr&index=33&t=0s – Easter bunny card


Wednesday 1st April

Ready to do some more learning? Here are today’s challenges:



Have a look at the photo. What do you think is happening? Who might the girl on the swing be? Why is Patch running towards her? How is Oliver feeling? I would like you to write a prediction about what you think might happen next in the story.



Today we will be learning about quarter turns, half turns and full turns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzsV9QbtJuY This video will help you to remember what anti-clockwise and clockwise means. Once you have revised the topic have a go at the attached sheet. You don’t need to print it – instead you could draw the objects and the direction they are facing after each turn. If you can you could also practise outside giving each other directions and instructions and then following them. Remember the key language though!



For topic today we will be looking at Easter. Please watch this BBC video about the celebration of Easter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnbo2AmS3OI See if you can find out some of the Easter symbols and what they mean. You could draw each symbol with an explanation, or be extra creative and try to make them out of junk modelling, collage, paint or anything you have at home!


Thursday 2nd April

Well done everyone for trying your best at home. It’s been lovely to see so many photos and work shared on your portfolios. Keep up the hard work! Here are today’s challenges.



Today we can finally listen to the whole story of ‘Oliver and Patch’. I have found a great video of it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9J8QBtge-g&feature=emb_title Watch it and enjoy the whole story. I wonder if your prediction was right?

For today’s task I want you to retell the story from Patch’s point of view. That means you have to pretend to be Patch in the story. Think about how he might feel when he was lost but then he found a new friend called Oliver, all the fun they had together but also feeling sad about not seeing Ruby anymore. You might write about what Patch did with Oliver and how he felt when he was reunited with Ruby. Remember to make it as exciting as possible and to show lots of emotion in your writing. Think about using the ‘show me, don’t tell me’ technique. I can’t wait to see your final pieces!



For Maths today we are going to focus on mass (weight). I would like you to have a look around your house and see what you can find to compare. Can you find at least 5 items and then try to put them in order from lightest to heaviest. If you have a pair of scales you can use these but if not I want you to estimate the weight by holding it in your hand. I’d love to see a photo of your objects lined up in order. Perhaps you could use the words heavier than and light than to compare them or use the crocodile signs?



For topic today we will be looking at Easter and how two brothers, Brody and Oakley, celebrate. I have set a 2Do on Purple Mash. This involves watching a video about the two boys and then writing about how they celebrate. Think about your family too and if you do anything to celebrate Easter.  I have also set a paint 2Do to paint and decorate your own Easter egg.


Term 4: Explorers


We will be learning about Explorers this term starting with space exploration and the first moon landing. Our Power of Reading text is called 'Look Up' and is all about meteor showers so we will be finding out lots about meteors and other parts of space too. We will also be finding out about Columbus and his travels around the world. During this topic we will find out about the seven continents and the five oceans and use our map work to locate these. This topic also allows us to compare travel in the past with now and how exploration is very different today to the past. In Term 4, we will also be taking part in the Key Stage 1 Singing Festival in Chatham's Central Theatre - this is a fantastic opportunity for the children to perform on a real stage.

Term 3: Brilliant Britons


In Term 3, we will be learning about Famous People including the Royal Family, Charles Dickens and many others. We will be reading the book Halibut Jackson as part of the Power of Reading and will also be doing lots of writing about the Victorians which is a big part of our topic this term. We will find out lots about how the Victorians lived and compare that to how we live now. This term we will also be visiting the Guildhall Museum to find out about Charles Dickens and the Victorian hulk ships. It is a busy term but full of fun learning opportunities!

Term 3: Brilliant Britons

Term 3 Newsletter

Term 2: Fire!


In Term 2, we will be finding out all about the Great Fire of London. We will be learning about how the fire started, where it spread and what we can learn from these terrible events. We will find out about Samuel Pepys and the importance of his diary. In English, we will be reading Toby and the Great Fire of London, a new text which is based on a boy who finds himself in the middle of the chaos of the Great Fire.

Of course Term 2 is also a very busy term as we prepare for Christmas. We will be rehearsing our nativity production as well as learning about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. During the last 3 weeks of term we will be using the book Mog's Christmas Calamity in English.

Science is also very important during this term and we will be finding out about materials and learning lots of great scientific vocabulary so listen out for your children impressing you with their knowledge!


Term 2: Fire! Topic Overview

Term 1 - Healthy eating


Welcome to Squirrel class 2019-2020. In Term 1, Squirrels class will be learning about how to keep ourselves healthy. We will look at exercise, healthy eating and hygiene. We will be using the cookery corner a lot over the term and in Art will be learning about Archimboldo. 


We will be using the Supertato series to start off our topic. This book will hopefully capture the children's imagination and help to produce some fantastic art work and English writing. Towards the end of the term we will be focussing on Anne Fine's 'The Diary of a Killer Cat' to develop the children's English skills.


Term 1: Healthy Me Topic Overview

Term 1 Newsletter



PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday – please remember that earrings have to be removed for PE. Please ensure that their entire PE kit is named, including shoes. 


Also remember to bring in a water bottle every day - even in the winter! Being well hydrated helps us to concentrate and learn.


Reading is a massive focus in Year 2 so please ensure your child's book is in daily and that you sign their contact book whenever you read at home. Reading books are needed in school daily. 


Homework is set on a Monday and due in on Friday of that week. Please help your child to complete their homework and ensure it is in on time. If you have any questions about homework please speak to me after school or write a note in your child's contact book. If you have helped a lot with your child's homework or think they are unsure about the task please feel free to write a comment on the homework itself.


Children will recieve spellings on Monday which are tested on Friday. These follow spelling patterns and are learnt throughout the week at school. These spelling patterns will help the children to spell new and unknown words. Practising these words at home will really help your child to do well with their English writing at school. Please make sure the yellow spelling book is back in school for Friday ready for the next weeks spellings. 


Suggested Reading for Year 2

High Frequency Word List

Year 1 and Year 2 Common Exception Word List

Other useful websites:



Daily Ten website.



Full of maths games.



English and Maths games.



Full of Maths websites to help revise at home.



A brilliant quick paced game to help revise number bonds and times tables.



A super revision website for adding and subtracting money.



A fantastic resource for practising the weekly spellings. 



Mathletics website.




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