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  • Year 5 91.43%
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Year 2

Monday 12th July 2021


Maths - telling time to 5 minutes





Spellings- Can you correct the spellings?


Plants quiz!



Friday 9th July 202


Maths - Quarter past and quarter to 


video link:





Handwriting practise:

Months of the year. If you have been working on your joined up handwriting please make sure you practise this when writing out your spellings!


LI: I can draw the life cycle of a plant and label the parts of a plant.


Begin by watching this video and answering the quiz they are both on the same page:

I would like you to draw a life cycle of a plant showing me how they start off as a seed/bulb/bean and how they grow, if you need any help, look back through the videos that have been put on this page throughout the week.

Challenge: After you have drawn your lifecycle can you label the parts of the plant in each stage of the cycle.

Use this link to help you:


Transition Activity

I would like you to write a guide to being in the current year group for the children coming into your class next year. Think about your responsibilities, the subjects that you learn and what it takes to be a student in year two.

You can create this guide any way you would like.


Thursday 8th July 2021


Maths - Time 

Lesson 1 - O'clock and half past 







LI: I can predict what happens to a plant when it grows in different conditions.

Let’s recap by watching this video:

This video shows what a plant needs to grow.

Watch this video of a plant growing in the right conditions.


I would like you to draw what a plant would look like when you take away some of the conditions plants need to grow.



Challenge: Can you tell me, will a plant grow in a dark cupboard? Can you compare the growth of a plant in a dark cupboard to one that has all the right conditions? Think about how and why the plants will look different.


Miss Hindley's transition activity:

I have recorded a video for you all; you can find it in the video resource centre in the year 2 section.

Once you watched the video, come back to this page.

A challenge I have set for you to write a poem about a plant. This is a creative activity so don’t worry if you find it challenging, it is just some fun.

The first thing I would like you to do is watch this video:

Have a think, would you like your poem to be about one specific plant or how plants grow? The poem can be about anything, it could even be a nonsensical poem.

Here is an example of a poem you could create.


Wednesday 7th July 


Maths: solving problems using the four operations


Science- Plants

LI: I can describe how plants need light, water and a suitable temperature to stay healthy and grow.


Have a look at this concept cartoon, read what each person thinks. Do you agree or disagree and can you tell me why?

Once you have decided if you agree or disagree, watch this video:

Have you changed your mind?

I would like you to draw a picture of a plant. Around the plant I would like you to tell me what a plant needs to survive, you can write the words, draw a picture or both.

Can you then explain what happens to a plant when you still give it water but it doesn’t have any light? If you don’t remember, re-watch the video to help you.


Miss Hindley's transition activity 

Hi everybody,

I hope you are all enjoying the transition activities. I am beginning to learn a little bit about you all.

For our next transition activity, I would like you all to write a letter to your future selves. In this letter you are going to talk about all the fun things you have done in school this year. Can you remember any interesting facts? Was there one specific thing that you really enjoyed doing or a particular subject that you enjoyed the most?

You can include anything in this letter. At the end you could also write about what things you might like to learn about in

school as a year three.

Remember this is a letter, so it should look a little bit like this.





Tuesday 6th July 


Let's begin the day with a '60 second read' activity! Read the text carefully and then answer the questions independently to show what you have understood from the text. 



problem solving 

Explore the questions in the powerpoint and then have a go at the worksheets provided.




LI: Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.

Have a look at these objects, how can you tell if something is alive, dead or never lived? Do you think you can tell me which one belongs in which category?


Once you have had a go at placing these objects into the right category, watch this video. Were you correct?

If possible I would like you to find objects that fit into the three categories alive, never lived or dead.

You could take pictures of these objects or draw up a table for the three categories and place them on.


Next I would like you to explain, how can you tell if something is a plant? Can you write down your answers?

Once you have come up with an answer, have a look through this website, they provide some more information. Using the information on the website can you develop your answer and add some more scientific language?


Looking at these pictures, can you tell me which is the odd one out is out and why? In your answer can you name and describe the characteristics of what you can see.


Transition activity - get to know me!

Miss Hindley would love to find out more about you! Can you fill out this mini booklet?

Monday 5th July

Good morning year two.

I wish I could teach you all this week and get to know you properly. For this morning I have attached some of the activities I had planned for us to do.

If you can have a go at these activities at home and bring them in next week so we can use them for our displays in September that would be great.

The first thing that I would like you to do is write down a goal that you would like to achieve by the end of the year. This could be anything from I would like to learn my 3x tables to I would like to learn how to swim by the end of the year.

We will work together to achieve these goals and you can always ask for support.

From Miss Hindley

If you could create a box around your goal or make into a tag shape like the image below and add some decorations around the outside of your writing. I will laminate these and add a string to them so that we can refer back to them throughout the year.




You all know our three school rules:

  • Be ready
  • Be safe
  • Be respectful

We our introducing a fourth school rule – Be kind

Have a think, what does it mean to be kind?

Watch this video:

Can you create a poster with the title ‘Be kind’? In your poster you could include drawings that demonstrate people being kind; you could also write down ways that you can show kindness to other people.

Once you have completed the ‘Be kind’ poster, you can create a poster for the other school rules.


Another activity that you can complete is decorating a house, if you search paper house template off Google  you could print it off or you could draw a house template and colour it in.  We are going to build our own village.


Monday 5th July – Science – Plants

LI: I can describe and sort beans, seeds and bulbs.

You last learnt about plants in year one. Watch this video to refresh your memory.

Once you have watched this video, if you scroll down on the same page there is a place for you to label a flower.

The different parts of a plant have different functions.

  • The roots of a plant take up water and nutrients from the soil. The roots also keep the plant steady and upright in the soil.
  • The stem carries water and nutrients to different parts of the plant.
  • The leaves use light from the sun, along with carbon dioxide from the air and water to make food for the plant. This process is called photosynthesis.
  • Some plants have flowers. These are involved in reproduction and produce seeds from which new plants grow.


 Now we have done a quick recap, watch this video and can you answer these questions?

  • What do you think is happening?
  • Do you know the name of object in the video?
  • Can you describe what the seed looks like?
  • What do you notice about the soil – is it wet or dry?
  • Can you see any similarities between these young plants and the plants they see around school?

 Can you describe what they saw using only one word?

Have a look at this picture what is it an image of?

Zoom out one at a time to see what it is a picture of:

Have a look at these photos:

  • What do you think these are? Can you tell me the name of these?
  • Can you group them by their similarities?
  • What do they look like? Can you describe their characteristics?


Friday 28th May 2021



Adding suffixes - quiz. 


English - possessive apostrophes



Position & direction

Lesson 1: Describe movement





Great British Spring Clean 2021!



Head over to the website

Can you get involved with litter picking at home and around your area? Send in pictures for dojos :)

Wednesday 5th May 2021


Maths :

Fractions - find a quarter 

Video link:





PE - Games


How can I improve my control and accuracy when throwing and catching?


Video link:

27th April 2021




Working with wholes and parts

Video link:







Monday 4th January 2020


Maths - Multiplication and Division 

Make equal groups - sharing





Big Question 

Can you make a prediction about what our new book is about? 

Use the clues to help you ...



My example ....

I predict that there is a young boy who has a tiny, friendly pet dragon. Maybe the dragon will help the boy to make a giant, metal dragon machine because they want to fly to another land full of hundreds of dragons.


Friday 4th December 2020 


Maths - equal/unequal groups



Can you write sentences using adverbs to describe how owls fly?

E.G. The owl flew gracefully through the bright, blue sky. 




Phonics screening practise words 


Thursday 3rd December 2020


Maths - Make arrays


English - Guided reading. 

Above and Below by Hanak Clulow

Watch clip (1min 25) and re-read all about Mountain Caves. 

Can you answer the following questions based on what you have read?




What is a food chain?


Butterfly food chain - what do butterflies eat?


Use the pictures to draw a butterfly food chain, can you label the producer, consumer and predator?

Tuesday 1st December 2020 


Maths - End of unit check (money) 


Nativity rehearsal 

If your child has lines to say in the nativity - ensure they are practising them daily at home. 



Investigation: How far and how fast do snails travel?

Can you find any snails outside or in your garden?

use paint or nail varnish to carefully paint on their shells - one colour for each snail.

Where do you predict they will travel to? What conditions do snails like? 

Set the snails free and check tomorrow so see how far they have travelled!


Keeping skills

Can you use the number line method and the column method to work out these addition and subtraction number sentences?

Friday 27th November 



Multiplication and Division - Add equal groups


English - Guided Reading 


Science- Minibeasts 

Which is the odd one out? Write a sentence explaining your choice - there is no right or wrong answer as long 

as you can justify your choice!


Wednesday 25th September 2020 



Multiplication & Division - Making equal groups recap



Bug Club 20 minutes 



Keeping skills 

TTRS 10 games

Numbots - 15 minutes 

Tuesday 24th November 


Maths - Two step problems (money)





We have found some clues to our brand new text all about owls!

Can you record what you already know and what you would like to find out about owls?




Minibeast hunt!

We are starting a brand new science topic 'Wriggle and crawl'.

Can you go into an outdoor space and find any minibeasts? Draw and label what you find!

Friday 20th November 2020 



Find the total


English - Phonics 


Science Experiment 

How do germs spread?



Thursday 19th November 2020 


Maths- Compare money





Create your own Still Life display. Sketch and paint it, ensuring it looks as much like your display as possible. 


Wednesday 18th November 2020



Making equal amounts of money



Re-read the poem The Owl and the Pussycat 

Have a go at writing your own using your own 2 characters. Can you fill in the missing words?

Can you add your own nonsense words to the poem?


Anti-bullying activities

Watch the video - what do you now understand about bullying? Create a poster all about how you can stand up to bullying!

Tuesday 17th November 2020




English - Guided reading 

Create a glossary for 3 of the words below:



Art- Still Life 

1. Create a still life at home using everyday objects. How will you arrange them? Which colours do you want to include?

2. Sketch your still life and then colour/paint it to make it look as much like the original display as you can!



Monday 16th November 2020



Addition and subtraction end of unit quiz 



Re-read the nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat (copy further down the page).

Instead of the Owl and the pussycat can you think of 2 different animals and think of where they could be going?

See my WAGOLL for some inspiration!

Challenge - write full sentences using you ideas.


Keeping skills

Subtracting 2 2-digit numbers using the column method and place value understanding 



Friday 13th November 2020 



Money - Select money



Use a dictionary to find the meanings of the unfamiliar words from the poem 'The owl and the pussycat'. Can you match the word to the definition? Can you use any of the words in your own sentence?



TTRS - 10 games 

Bug Club - 15 minutes


Zoom call with Pudsey!


Thursday 12th November 2020 


Maths: Counting money - notes and coins 

Online lesson video :




Re-read the poem from beginning to end. 

Can you identify the following?

- noun phrases 

- unfamiliar words e.g. quince

-rhyming words 


Maths week activities:

TTRS - 15 minutes

Numbots - 15 minutes

Hit the button- 15 minutes 

Wednesday 11th November 2020 



Money - Count money - pence

1. Watch video of lesson

2.  Complete worksheet



New unit - poetry 

What is a poem? 

1. Read our brand new poem called 'The Owl and the Pussycat' 


2. Watch the video version of the poem- can you join in with it this time?

Discuss: What did you like about the poem? What did you dislike? Do you have any questions? Does the poem remind you of anything similar you have read before?


PE: Football 

Can you practise dribbling a football and passing to a partner? Can you remember the technique for dribbling? Practise with control. 


PSHE: Remembrance day 2020

Can you create your own poppy at home? Why do we wear poppies? What is special about today?



Wednesday 21st October 2020 




Watch the story Troll Swap from beginning to end.


Answer the following Big Questions:







Practise your dribbling and passing skills with a ball outside if possible. Create your own football activity for somebody else to play. Can you create instructions on how to play? Can you draw pictures to explain your game further?

Tuesday 20th October 202 


English - Guided Reading Lesson 

Task 1 - listen to the rest of the story 'The Troll' until the end.


Task 2 - complete the tell me grid.



LI: To subtract a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number

Video link:



History - create a poster all about Rosa Parks as a significant activist. If you have access to a tablet or device, use the PicCollage app to create it!


Wednesday 30th September 2020 



Read Mae Jeminson's diary entry from her space mission. Can you find the key features of a diary entry? Write an example for each!


Maths- Related number facts




Football skills


Can you practise dribbling a ball around your garden/an outdoor space? How well can you control the ball using the inside of your foot? Can you count how many passes you can make to a partner without losing control of the ball?

Monday 28th September 2020




Watch clip of text 'Look Up!' and familiarise yourself with the ending of the story.


Today you are going to pretend to be Mae Jeminson on her mission to space. Watch the videos and describe what you could see/hear/smell and feel on your journey.


Challenge - Can you use your ideas to write full sentences? 



Addition and subtraction -Check calculations


Video link -

Tuesday 22nd September 




Practise segmenting and blending words. Decide if the word is real or alien!


English- Reading lesson 

Watch and listen to the story The Troll by Julia Donaldson. Stop at 3.05



End of unit check assessment 

Theme- History 


Research Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Create a fact file on each significant explorer. What makes them so significant?