Year 2

Welcome to the Year 2

Home Learning Hub

Hello to all our wonderful children and families of Year 2.

We miss you all lots and can’t wait to see you all again very soon! We hope you are being as helpful and hardworking as you all are at school. In the meantime, while you are learning and having fun at home, please keep checking our new school website, our Twitter page and our Facebook page for updates and lots of exciting activities you can do at home. We’ll be updating this page with activities for you to do twice a week. so keep coming back! We’d love it if you could show us something that you are proud of or have had fun doing! Please either email photos and comments to: or post on our Twitter/ Facebook page using the hashtag: #SMHhomelearningY2

Keep positive, keep smiling and stay safe,

Miss Powell and Mrs Brackenridge.

Week beginning 13th July Part 2


Task 3

Watch the film again and use the table to note which mini-beasts are in the film- more instructions on the sheet attached. You can print it off to cross off the mini-beasts or copy the table onto your own paper.

Task 4

Use this vocabulary to write a thank you letter to the caterpillar from either the beetle or the flea.

Task 5

Use this vocabulary to help describe some events in the story


Task 3

Solve the multiplications to reveal the hidden picture

Task 4

Solve the divisions to reveal the hidden picture

Task 5

Complete the tables in the Minibeasts Habitats sheet – the top table you need to fill in the missing tallies and the bottom table you need to count the tallies to write the total. Then answer the questions underneath.


Task 3

Complete the ‘Spreading my Wings from Year 2 to Year 3’ booklet for Mrs McClain and Miss Tsai. You can print the one attached off or use it as a guide to make your own booklet.

Task 4

Watch this clip from the film ‘Inside Out’ and discuss the emotions Riley feels. Then complete the attached sheet and describe each emotion and what happens when you feel that emotion yourself and how it makes you feel.

Task 5

We have loved having you all as Team Year 2 this year! We have had lots of fun and made some lovely memories. Try and think of all the things we did over Autumn and Spring term and complete this memory sheet. We would love to see what your favourite memories are, send us a picture on Class Dojo J

Week beginning 13th July


Watch the animation Caterpillar Shoes:

Task 1

Imagine you are the shiny beetle and then the flea. Answer the questions either on the sheet attached or just write your answers down.

Task 2

Create a comic strip to retell the story. Either use the comic strip template attached or create your own.


Task 1

Complete questions 1-3 about the Caterpillar Shoes. You may find it helpful to colour the stick insects as you count them. Show number sentences to show how many eyes (? X 2 = ) and  many legs (? X 6 = )

Task 2

Can you complete the butterfly picture by reflecting the half that’s coloured in?


Task 1

Design your own pair of shoes- what colour would they be? Do they have anything special hidden inside them? Draw your shoes and label with the materials they’re made out of and any other information about them.

Task 2

Can you make your own wormery or mini-beast hotel?

Follow the instructions attached to have a go. We’d love to see what you manage to create so send us a photo on Classroom Dojo or to assessment if you haven’t joined up.

make your own minibeast hotel instructions


make your own wormery instructions

Previous Activities

Week beginning 6th July – Part 2


Watch the short film The Bridge by Ting Tian Chey

The rest of this week’s tasks are all based on this film

Task 1

Copy or cut out the statements and put them in order of when they happened (remember Sequencing Suki from our helpful Totally Pawsome reading group).

Task 2

Use the sheet attached to create a comic strip of the story- think of the key events.

Task 3

Imagine what the bear and the elk might say to each other. Write a short conversation between them- either use the sheet attached or draw your own speech bubbles.


Task 1

Have a go solving the problem using these characters and the bridge. You might need a grown up to help you read the problem!

Task 2

Have a go at the measurement task and read the scales. Remember, there are 1000g in 1kg!

Task 3

Read the scales to find out how many cups of liquid. Check the scale carefully- it goes up to 10 so what does each line equal?


Task 1

Can you make a bridge for the bear and elk to cross like in the film? What materials could you use? Think about what you already know from our materials topic and suitability- would you want a bendy material do you think?

Task 2

Have a go at singing this song, ‘The Bonkers Song’

There are 4 parts at the end so why not try singing a different line each time or see if anyone else at home will join in with you. Can you make up actions and send us a video of you performing?

Task 3

Rainbow skewed Fruit Kebabs

You all know about how to keep healthy so why not try making this yummy healthy snack! The ingredients are just suggestions – you can choose any fruit you like – remember to make it colourful like a rainbow!


Skewers (use only under very close supervision)











An adult will need to do some parts of this

  1. Prepare the skewers by boiling them in hot water (this stops them from splintering).
  2. Remove the skin from the pineapple and watermelon.
  3. Chop the pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, peaches, kiwi and persimmon into chunks.
  4. Cut any large strawberries into halves or quarters.
  5. Lay out the fruit to thread onto skewers.
  6. Safely push the fruit onto the skewers, without putting your hands behind the fruit where the skewer will come through it.
  7. Optional- put some natural/ soya yoghurt in a little bowl for a delicious dip!

Week beginning 6th July


Task 1

Have a go at correcting this piece of writing. Check capital letters, full stops and spellings! You could either copy it out making the corrections, or print it and make the corrections over it.

Task 2

Try this comprehension activity. Read the extract and then answer the questions. Try to complete the ‘Do you remember’ section and ‘More to think about’ and as a challenge, try ‘Now try these.’


Task 1

Try this number line work. Remember to check the 10s digit first when comparing numbers!

Task 2

More number line practise!


Task 1

Try making the 3D models of a safari vehicle and safari animals. Could you make your own safari with them?

Template for 3D Safari Vehicle

Safari Vehicle – Child Instructions

Safari Vehicle – Adult Guidance

Templates for 3D animal models

Task 2

Find out all about the Maasai tribe in Kenya. Complete the matching activity and then look at the Powerpoint attached. When you’ve found out about the tribe, complete the attached mind map to note down what you have learnt.

Week beginning 29th June Part 2

Maths Tasks – 1st July 2020

Task 1 – 2-digit subtraction

Watch the video below of Miss Powell reminding you how to subtract 2-digit numbers by counting on. Then, have a go at the sheet attached to solve the subtraction calculations using the counting on method.


Task 2 – Cross-road

Can you complete this Cross-road puzzle? You could use 5 plates/saucers and raisins/sweets to help you solve it practically. Have fun!

Task 3 – Word Problems challenge!

Read these word problems carefully and decide which method you need to use to work out the answer! Can you make some more of your own word problems up and send them to us?

Addition and subtraction word problems

English Tasks – 1st July 2020

Task 1 – Poetry – The Magic Box by ………

Once you have planned your poem you are now ready to write your own Magic Box poem. Remember to include adjectives and WOW words to make it more exciting for the reader! We would love to see your poems, send us a picture on Class dojo and we can award you points!

Task 2 – SPaG Mat

Have a go at this Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar mat activity. If you do not have a printer you can just write the answers on a piece of paper.

Task 3 – Poetry – Africa Acrostic Poem

Watch this short video to remind you how to write an acrostic poem  then complete this acrostic poem about Africa! We would then love you to create your own acrostic poem about something you are interested in and send it to us, remember lots of dojo points are up for grabs!!

Topic Activities – 1st July 2020

Task 1 – STEM

Last week was STEM week so we thought you would enjoy having a go at these easy science experiments! Before you start the experiment, write your predictions down on a piece of paper then photograph/ video your results and send them to us!

Task 2 – The Messy Magpie!

Have a look through the PowerPoint all about recycling then have a think what could be recycled in your home. Draw then label the items that can be recycled in the different rooms in your house.

Task3 – Let’s explore Nigeria!

We have learnt lots about Africa so far this term, Click on this link to find out more on BBC bitesize all about Nigeria. There is a quiz to take at the end to see how much you know! Once you have found out lots of information about Nigeria you could create a travel brochure or poster to encourage people to visit Nigeria!

Week beginning 29th June

Maths Tasks

Task 1 – 2-digit addition using partitioning

Watch the video below of Miss Powell reminding you how to add 2-digit numbers together by partitioning. Then, have a go at the sheet attached to solve the addition calculations using the partition method.



Task 2 – Word Problems

Read these word problems really carefully then use the partition method to work out the answer. Can you make some more of your own word problems up and send them to us?

English Tasks

Task 1 – Poetry – The Magic Box by Kit Wright

Read the poem ‘The Magic Box’ and write down some wow words you noticed. Next, write down what you liked about the poem and what you disliked on a piece of paper.

Task 2 – The Magic Box Planning

Now you are going to plan your own Magic box poem, have a think about what you will put into your box and what your box is going to be made of.

What sort of sights would you put in the box?

What sounds, smells, textures would you put in the box?

What sort of dreams and feelings would you put in the box?

 Are there things from the natural world, like rivers and mountains?

Perhaps it has a window in it, or a door leading to somewhere else?

Topic Activities

Task 1 – Science

Go on a hunt around your house to find as many different types of living and non-living things as you can. Then have a chat with your grown-up how do you know if something is alive, once alive or never alive? On your Active learn account you have this activity ‘Am I alive?’ look at the pictures then drag them into the correct boxes.

Task 2 – Art/ DT

Have a look at these African patterns, if you look really closely you will see how much detail they have! Get creative and make your own African pattern, think carefully about the colours you would like to use, the shapes and maybe you could include some animals! We would love to see your patterns, share them with us on Class dojo or send a photo to

Week beginning 22nd June – Part 2 


Task 1

Think about what your story is about (look over the Boxing Up plan if you did it). What happens in your story to reach the ending you wrote about earlier this week?

Write a short paragraph explaining what happened in your story e.g.

In my story, a naughty elephant calf kept running away from its mother. It got into a lot of trouble and in the end; the mother insisted that when the herd was walking together, the baby had to hold onto its mother’s tail.

Or, if you would like to, write a whole story in the style of Mwenye Hadithi using the ending you did for the earlier task.

Task 2

Don’t forget to keep up with your handwriting practise!

Task 3

Illustrate your story (draw pictures) and have a go at retelling it- even if you just do the ending. Why not try to make a little video like the Mwenye Hadithi stories on YouTube or you could even do an animation of your story? Remember to use expression as you’re reading aloud! We’d love to see your stories so send them in- either pictures, written or a video! J


Task 1

Continue your shape work with the 2D shape sorting activity. You can either print the sheet off and cut the shapes out to sort or draw your own Venn diagram and draw the pictures in the correct part. Can you add any more 2D shapes to the Venn diagram?

Task 2

Now let’s try 3D shapes. Complete the 3D shapes properties table- can you find any 3D shapes in your house? Don’t forget, vertices is just the fancy mathematical name for corners!

Task 3

Now let’s find out your 3D knowledge by completing the questions about some 3D shape faces. When you’ve done that, why not try one of the animal nets to make your own animal 3D shape!


Task 1

We think you are amazing! But we would like YOU to think about what makes you amazing and tell us. Complete the ‘I Am An Amazing Person! Sheet to celebrate how fabulous you are J

Task 2

Why not try some yoga? Read the story attached with the special African animal yoga poses (see the attached picture cards to see the poses). Which is your favourite pose? Could you come up with your own story using the poses?

Task 3

Have a go at colouring the ‘bakongos’ (central African carved masks) by following the instructions of what colours to use. You could colour in on the sheet and then why not try to redraw some of the masks larger on separate paper? What important message do these masks give us?

Week beginning 22nd June 2020


Task 1

What African animal did you choose for your ‘Boxing Up’ plan from last week? Stick to that animal if you can, but if you want to change the animal that’s fine. Write a final paragraph (Don’t worry- we know you haven’t written the story!) explaining something about the animal in the style of Mwenye Hadithi, e.g.

To this day, the wise, old elephant will always have its baby holding tightly onto its tail. They definitely cannot be trusted to follow the herd on their own!

Why not use the lovely Africa themed paper attached or decorate your own page?

Task 2

Create a cover for your story. Include the blurb at the back to let your readers know what your story is going to be about! Use one of the covers from the Mwenye Hadithi stories as an example:


Task 1

Try the maths activity mat- mat 1 is tricky, mat 2 is even trickier!

Task 2

Revise your knowledge of 2D shapes. Complete the sheet and then create a shape picture like the one below and list all the shapes you’ve included.

Properties of shape sheet


Task 1

Look at the attached slides to find out Kenya’s national parks. Create your own national park map using the attached ‘My Park Plan’ template. Will your national park be similar to the Masai Mara reserve? Why not send us a photo of your park?

Task 2

Music: watch this video of someone playing an African thumb piano:

Follow the steps on to create your own version!

Week beginning 15th June 2020 part 2

Maths Tasks – 17th June 2020

Task 1 – Measurement

Draw a table like the one below and go on a hunt around your house or outside with a ruler or a tape measure to find items that are less than 10cm, the same as 10cm and more than 10cm. How many items did you find? Can you remember how many centimetres are in a metre?

Task 2 – What’s the time?

Watch and listen to this brilliant song to help you remember how to tell the time. Remember counting in 5’s will help you!

Have a go at the tasks below, you could draw the clocks if you do not have a printer.


Task 3 – Underwater Olympics challenge!

Have a go at this Underwater Olympics challenge, We have set this challenge in your Active Learn account if you would like to play on an electronic device. For each event you need to decide which sea creature will be the best for the race, remember to look at their stats – just like playing top trump cards!

English Tasks – 15th June 2020

Task 1 – Picture map

Read this short paragraph from the book ‘Enormous Elephant’ by Mwenye Hadithi. Draw your own picture map for this paragraph then come up with actions and perform it with appropriate intonation for delivering a wise message.

To this day, the wise, old elephant will always have its baby holding tightly onto its tail. They definitely cannot be trusted to follow the herd on their own!

Example of a picture map;

Task 2 – Boxing up

Use this boxing up’ table below to help create your own paragraph about different African animals. You could then draw your own picture map and perform it!

  Original paragraph (Imitation) My own paragraph (Invention)
Box 1 – Sentence opener

From this day onwards, from now on, since that day, and to this day, and from that time to this, and nowadays, even today, and so today

To this day,  
Box 2 – the animal expanded noun phrase

Juicy, jelly giraffe/bald, boasting buffalo/cheeky, chatty cheetah/raucous, racing rhino/wild, whistling wilder beast/vicious, vile vulture

The wise, old elephant  
Box 3 – what they do (known for)

Use its tongue to reach the leaves/use its horns to protect itself/ runs as fast as it can/ uses its horn to scratch the trees/ whistles loudly to its friends/ circles round its prey.

Box 4 – a funny reason why they have to do that

Using a ladder wasn’t sensible/ it won’t try holding a sword again/it won’t rely on ordering a taxi/ keeping its nails clean was a nightmare/ shouting kept causing rock slides/ using squares was confusing.


Task 3 – Spellings & Handwriting

 Continue practising your handwriting with this week’s set of words.

 Topic Activities – 15th June 2020

Task 1 – Art – African Animal Sunset

African Silhouette Cut-Outs Sheet 

Task 2 – Science – Lifestyles

Have a close look at this couples lifestyle before and after they made a change to become healthier. Create a lifestyle plan to include some of the changes they made and some food/exercise you enjoy doing!

Lifestyle Plan 

Task 3 – History/ Diversity – Nelson Mandela

Look at the PowerPoint below to find out about Nelson Mandela’s life. Draw a timeline on a piece of paper, include a title and write the key events placed on the correct year.

Nelson Mandela Powerpoint


     Week beginning 15th June 2020

Maths Task 

Task 1 – Multiplication and division practise

Watch this clip to help you recall your 3 times table;

then have a go at the tasks. We would love to see your multiplication posters and share them with the other children, send a picture to us via email or Twitter and we can all help each other!


Task 2 – Party Bags challenge!

Have a go at this multiplication challenge, remember you can’t put more than five toys in each party bag, and each bag must have the same toys in it. We have set this challenge in your Active Learn account also if you would like to play on an electronic device.

English Task 

Task 1 – Animal Report

Choose one of the Mwenye Hadithi African animal tales books, pick an animal you would like to find more information about then write an Animal research report. You can use books or the internet to research.

Task 2 – Jungle Senses

Complete each sentence with a description about being in a jungle. Think carefully about what you would experience for each sense. As a comparison challenge you could go for a senses walk in your local area!

Topic Activities – 15th June 2020

Task 1 – Layers of the rainforest  

Look at the PowerPoint attached to find out about the different layers of the rainforest and which animals live in each layer. Create your own rainforest labelling the different layers then draw/ add in some animals. Have a look at the pictures below for some inspiration!

Task 2 – Let’s Move, Greedy Zebra!

Can you remember when we performed a dance during our topic ‘Ends of the Earth’ to a beautiful piece of music? Listen to this music based on the ‘Greedy Zebra’ book  and have a boogie at home or in the garden! You could even dress up as an African animal or make an instrument! Have fun!

Week beginning Monday 8th June Part 2


Task 1

Create your own sentences for Crafty Chameleon. Use the task attached ( part a and  part 2b –  complete 1 or both) and fill in the missing words with adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

Remember our 2a sentences- two adjectives before the noun!


Colourful, sneaky Chameleon shouted loudly: “If you don’t leave me alone I shall tie you up with a rope, like a dog!”

“Hah hah hah!” chuckled the Crocodile, shutting his teeth with a great big snap!

Task 2

 Continue practising your handwriting with this week’s set of words

Task 3

Look at these endings from Mwenye Hadithi books:

What do you notice about the end to each one? Look at how all the endings start. Choose your favourite ending and explain why it is your favourite.


Task 1


Task 4

Continued from task 3

Task 3

Use a deck of cards to play:

-number bond snap. You can only snap when your pair makes 10.

-2 times tables snap- snap when it’s a number in your 2 times tables

-5 x table snap- add numbers together and if they make a number in your 5 x tables then snap!

The Pictures cards (joker, jack, queen, king) are worth 10 and Ace is worth 1    


Task 1

Listen and watch the story Courageous People Who Changed the World:

Draw a picture of your favourite courageous person from ​Courageous People Who Changed the World​ and write the inspirational quote. Then complete the sentences:

“The change I would like to see is ___”

“This is what I would do to change it:”

Task 2

Science: look at the Powerpoint Presentation about herbivores, carnivored and omnivores. Then use the attached resources to sort and classify the animals into the correct part of the Venn diagram. You can draw your own Venn diagram or use the one provided. You could also draw your own animals!

Task 3

Art: Create your own colour changing chameleon. You will need 2 paper plates and colours- either pencils, felt-tips or paint. Watch this video to see how to do it.

Why not send us a picture of your chameleon?



Week beginning Monday 8th June


Task 1

Look at the titles of other Mwenye Hadithi books- make a list of at least 5.

What do you notice?

Greedy Zebra is different to the others because it doesn’t use alliteration (see the poster below for a reminder of what alliteration is).

Make a list of African animals. Then draw and write as many animals as you can with alliteration e.g. leaping lion, jelly giraffe.

Task 2     

Read/ watch/ listen to the story Crafty Chameleon.


Choose either 6 or 8 main parts of the story of Crafty Chameleon and create a storyboard. Draw a picture and write a sentence/ key words to show the main parts of the story. Use the storyboard templates attached or fold some paper into 6 or 8 boxes.


Lots of + and – practise this week!

Task 1

Task 2


Task 1

Look at the beautiful African necklaces.

Use pieces of pasta to paint and then thread onto string to make your own necklace.

Use bright colours like the necklaces pictured above.

Task 2

Geography: Let’s explore Kenya!

Look at the power-point about Kenya and watch the video:

Become a Kenyan expert and create your own ‘Kenya Lapbook:’

  • You are going to make your own ‘Little Book of Kenya’ to show what you have learnt so far about the country.
  • Your book will include lots of facts, maps, key words and pictures about Kenya.
  • Challenge: Use books, maps and the Internet to research your own facts and add them to your own book!
  • What else can you find out about Kenya?

Blank Kenya Map

Kenyan Flag Colouring Sheet

Kenya Cut Outs

Kenya Flash Cards Precursive


Week beginning 1st June part 2


Task 1

After making predicitons about The Greedy Zebra by Mwenye Hadithi, read/ listen to the story:

Were your predictions right?

Now try 2 more of his stories- he has lots so you can choose! Some examples…

After reading them, compare the 3 stories (or more than 3 if you want to) thinking about how they are similar and how they are different. Create a table using the 2 headings: similarities and differences and list all the similarities and differences you can come up with.

Task 2

Handwriting- keep practising your handwriting! Try putting the words used so far into sentences as well as practising the individual words.

Task 3

Choose your favourite picture from The Greedy Zebra and write sentences about what he is doing. Use different conjunctions to join the sentences and to make them really interesting. For example:

The Greedy Zebra went around the tree because the snakes were in the grass.

Use this conjunctions word mat to help you with your sentences.

conjunctions word mat


Task 1

Comparing numbers, addition and subtraction:

Maths task 1

Task 2

Try these Safari word problems:


Challenge: Can you create your own safari word problems?

Task 3

How are you getting on with Times Tables Rockstars? Practise your times tables by completing this times tables hunt.

Times table hunt


Task 1

Geography- countries in Africa

  1. Use the blank map to label all the countries in Africa. You should already be able to find Kenya from the task earlier in the week.
  2. Choose one of the countries and find its flag to recreate yourself- you might draw it, paint it, use coloured paper/tissue to collage

Map of Africa

Task 2

P.E.- Dancing

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) was sung by Shakira for the Fifa World Cup in 2010 and came from a song from Cameroon called “Zangaléwa.”

Watch this video and see if you can learn the Waka Waka dance. Why not send us a video of you performing it?

Task 3

Music- singing

Listen to this African lullaby:

Have a go at singing it. Pause the song after each line and repeat it back. The first line, sung by a child, repeats several times throughout so try that first. Then build on it by listening to more of the song.

Previous Activities

Week Beginning Monday 1st June

We hope you enjoyed our topic ‘Beside the Seaside’ and liked your half term ‘Save Our Oceans’ project. Thank you for sending us pictures of some of the home learning tasks and brilliant creations you have been busy doing at home, it really makes us smile and brightens our day! Please continue to send us photos and messages by email – or post to our Twitter/Facebook page. Our new topic for Summer 2 is…


Task 1 – 2-digit Subtraction

Watch the pupil video below to remind you how to subtract 2-digit numbers. You always need to start with the biggest number then count back the 10s first then the 1s. Answer the subtractions below, you could use a 100 square to help you, either make your own or print one out if you have a printer.

Subtraction sheet

Task 2 – Subtraction Challenge!

Can you work out what is the rule for the subtraction machine? Can you prove it? Create your own subtraction machine that subtracts a 2-digit number for someone in your house to solve.


Task 1 – Greedy Zebra predictions

Our new text we look at in summer 2 is Greedy Zebra by Mwenye Hadithi as part of our topic ‘Sensational Safari’. Can you make predictions from the front cover, what you think the story may be about? What happens? Where is it set? Who are the characters? You could brainstorm your ideas – we will revisit your original predictions soon to see if you were correct!

Task 2 – Zebra Fact File

Use the internet to research about Zebras. Make notes as your research then complete the Zebra fact file. Remember all of your information has to be facts (true) and include as much detail as possible. You could even include a fun fact that people may not know!


Task 1 – Science/ PSHEE – Classifying food

Watch this BBC clip about food groups and the importance of eating a balanced diet.

Create a table with the headings ‘Plant’ ‘Animal’ and ‘Both’ and sort the foods below. Can you add more foods you like or have in your house to your table?

Task 2 – Geography – Where is Kenya?

Look at the PowerPoint below to find out all about Kenya. Then complete your own ‘Passport to Kenya’, can you remember how to use a key on a map?

Kenya Power point

Kenya Passport


Previous Activities

Happy Half Term!

We’ve created a project for you to do over half term if you want to. We’d love to see what you’ve been up to so please share any pictures or videos at

Plastic-Pollution-in-the-Ocean-Facts (1)

Week beginning 18th May part 2


Task 1

Imagine you are on Grandad’s Island. Make a postcard and decorate the front and write to someone back home. Use the template or create your own.

Task 2


Task 3

What clues are there in Grandad’s Island that tell us what Grandad is like or what he used to do? Can you see anything in the pictures or the text that help us find out what type of person Grandad is? Draw a picture of Grandad and write around him any clues you find and what it tells us about Grandad. For example, there is a gramophone (a very old way to play and listen music) so he must like music.


Task 1

Problem solving

Can you solve the problem below? There may be more than one answer! Use drawings to help you count and to show the different possible answers.

Starfish SpottingI can see 28 ‘arms’ on the beach.

How many children could there be?
How many starfish could there be?

Task 2

Choose 5 animals from the jungle or sea (that Syd and Grandad might spot on their journey). Collect information and ask people in your house or on the phone which is their favourite. Use a tally chart to collect the information and then draw a pictogram to show your information- you can use the attached template or try to draw your own. Making-Pictograms

Use the images below to remind you of what a tally chart and a pictogram are.

Task 3 – Clever counting

maths task 3


Task 1

  1. Plan your own journey to an island. What sea/ ocean will you travel across? What island will you go to? Draw your route on the world map and list what countries and seas/oceans you might travel across to get to your island.
  2. You can only carry one rucksack- what will you take? Draw your rucksack labelling what you’re taking with you.Task 2Can you create your own jungle animal using mixed media? (different mediums, e.g. paint, feathers, paper etc) Use the picture below for inspiration.Task 3
    1. Listen to the song Grandad by Clive Dunn the pictures to help you really listen and appraise the song (give your opinion about the music).

      What do the words in the song tell us what Grandad used to do? Do you think Grandads do the same today?


      Can you sing along to this song- When It’s a Sunny Day?

Previous Activities

Week beginning 18th May


Task 1 – Doubling diamonds

We hope you enjoyed our St.Ives Maths riddle last week, and worked out that the answer is always 1 because the only person going to St Ives is you! Have a go at these doubling diamonds, remember you need to partition the number into tens and ones first to help you. Doubling Diamonds

Task 2 – Lego Fractions

Watch this video; to remind you what fractions are and how to write them. Then use some Lego or straws to show 1/4, ½, ¾, 2/4 and a whole. Can you write the fraction in numbers and as words like below?


Task 1 – Seaside Acrostic Poem

Write an acrostic poem all about the seaside, try and include some rhyming words and adjectives. Send us a picture of your poem to we would love to see them

Task 2 – Letter for Syd

Write a letter that might be inside the envelope that Syd receives at the end of the story. Remember when you write a letter you need an address, a stamp and an envelope. If you have a real stamp you could send it to one of your friends’ houses or to us at school!


Task 1 – Make a Seaside in a Jar

This is a creative activity which is really fun and easy to do. Your jar could be a favourite place you have visited, a made-up seaside resort or maybe a resort from a book! You may need to improvise with some of the items for example if you can’t find any sand you can swap it for rice or glitter etc – it is your seaside jar so be as creative as you can with what you have in the house or in your local area!

Task 2 – Travelling to the seaside

Ask an adult to help you use the internet to research how people would travel to the seaside in the past and have a think about how we travel to the seaside today. What has changed?

Travelling to the seaside


Previous Activities

Week beginning 11th May part 2


Task 1

Grandad’s Island: imagine you are in Grandad’s attic and you find something secret hidden. Write a new story about the hidden secret- what is it? Do you take it with you? Does it help you find something?

Task 2

Continue your handwriting practise with the next set of words:

Task 3:

Your topic work this week is about the seaside town St Ives. Try and learn this famous, short poem by heart. You could even write it out yourself and decorate it. Send us in your written version or even better- a video of you saying it!

 As I was Going to St. Ives

As I was going to St. Ives,

I met a man with seven wives,

Each wife had seven sacks,

Each sack had seven cats,

Each cat had seven kits:

Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,

How many were there going to St. Ives?


Task 1

We’ve changed the St Ives poem:


As I was going to St. Ives,

I met a man with two wives,

Each wife had two sacks,

Each sack had two cats,

Each cat had two kits:

Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,

How many were there going to St. Ives?

  1. Use our version of the St Ives poem: how many there were altogether going to St Ives? Draw the wives, sacks, cats and kits to help you.
  2. Now try and solve how many were going to St Ives with the original poem- this is very tricky! You may need a grown up to help you.
  3. Can you change the poem to another amount and solve it?

Task 2

Use this poster to help remind you of our position and direction language:

  1. Where has the pirate buried the treasure? Use this clue:

Draw on the map (if you can print- if not just point) where you think the treasure is.

Challenge: can you write the grid reference? E.g. the skull is in K6.Treasure Island map

Did you find the treasure? Now bury the treasure somewhere else and make up your own clues to find it.

Task 3

Avoid the sharks! Help the pirate find the lost treasure by directing them using position and direction language (e.g. north 2 squares, west 4 squares).

  1. Topic Geography:Task 1Sort the pictures into natural and manmade. Cut the pictures out and stick them onto the second sheet. Or, draw a table and list the items under ‘natural’ or ‘manmade.’Seaside-Natural-or-Man-Made-Sorting-Activity

Task 2- St Ives

Use the attached PowerPoint ‘Let’s Explore St Ives’ to find out about St Ives- feel free to do your own research too!  Let’s Explore St Ives powerpoint

You are going to plan a guided tour around St. Ives using a map. You must visit at least 5 locations, use compass directions and position key words (near, far, left, right) to describe the route. You could also draw your route on the map!

Challenge: Compare St Ives to where you live. How are they similar? How are they different?

Task 3

Computing/ Art

Make a trailer/ poster to advertise and promote Grandad’s Island. Watch this for ideas

Your trailer could be animated, use pictures from the story or even role play scenes from the story.Your poster could have different types of writing (bubble etc) and you could present it to someone at home. Or why not share it with us and send your trailer in or you presenting your poster?

Previous Activities

Week beginning 11th May


Measurement – Task 1

Complete the ‘Heavy stuff’ questions then find some bottles/containers at home that have the ml (millilitres) or l (litres) measurement on them and put them in order just like the ‘Wizard Workout’. Which item had the most/least liquid in it?homework_sheet_2_24

Measurement – Task 2

Can you follow Miss Powell’s recipe to bake some shortbread biscuits? Use your knowledge of measurement to help you and weigh out the ingredients.  We would love to see your biscuits, send us a picture to


Task 1 – Creative Writing

Oh no! Your boat has sunk and you have been stranded on an island. Remember to use correct punctuation in your sentences, adjectives and some different conjunctions.


  • Who are you?
  • Where are you from?
  • Where were you going?
  • How did your boat sink?
  • How do you feel on the island and why?Task 2 – GrammarWatch this video; ‘Verb rap song’ to remind you what a verb is, we love this song in class!Create a table like the one below and complete it by adding –ed to root words to change the tense. Can you think of any more verbs from the story ‘Grandad’s Island’ add them to your table, then write a sentence for each one changing the verb to past tense.Syd walked along the soft, golden beach.


Task 1 – Pack a bag!

If you could travel to Grandad’s island, what things would you need to take with you? Explain why you will need each item. Draw a bag with all your items in, you can only take 10 things! We would love to see what you picked, send us a picture to

Task 2 – How has the seaside changed over time?

Now that you have explored the features of the seaside we are going to look at the comparisons between the seaside in the past and the present. Have a look at the PowerPoint attached and complete this Venn diagram (you can draw it on a piece of paper) and see how many differences and similarities you find!

Seaside holidays now and then powerpoint

Previous Activities 

Week beginning 4th May part 2


Task 1


We hope you are enjoyed Grandad’s Island! Retell the main parts of the story by creating a storyboard. Either fold a piece of A4 paper into 6 or 8 or use the storyboard template attached. You will need to decide the 6 or 8 main parts of the story, draw a picture in each box of that part and then write a sentence underneath to match the picture.

Task 2

How would you describe Grandad’s house? Write a sentence / paragraph to describe it and draw a picture.

How would you describe the island? Write a sentence / paragraph to describe it and draw a picture.

Would you rather…

live on the island or Grandad’s house? Why?

Task 3


Have a go at the next handwriting sheet- it will help you with your spellings too. Can you make it even harder by putting some of the words into sentences?



Task 1

Time task

Watch ‘Hip Hop Around the Clock’ to remind you how to tell o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Remember the song is American so when they say, ‘quarter after’ we say, ‘quarter past’ and when they say ‘quarter ‘til’ we say ‘quarter to.’ Then have a go at completing the times of the clocks.


Task 3:

Half task- remember- 2 halves make 1 whole!

Counting in halves


Science– Design a new ship for Grandad using different materials and test to see if it will float. Take a picture and send it in to us!

Music Could you create some musical instruments using materials that you might find indoors or outdoors? You could even record yourself using your homemade instrument and send us a video!


Let’s find out about the features of a seaside- look through the PowerPoint/ slides attached and complete the tasks.

Task 2

Go through the powerpoint and then have a go at completing the table.

Features of seaside home learning

Phonics is a really important part of helping your child improve their reading, but we understand that it is hard to get your head around if you’ve never taught it before! At school we use Monster Phonics. This is a fun, engaging way of teaching phonics and the children love it! Monster Phonics can be accessed for free at the moment. Click the link to find out more and have a go at some phonics with your little monster 🙂 Monster Phonics Home Learning – Parent Letter

Year 2 Curriculum Guide

Year 2 National Expectations





Important information

‘Teach Your Monsters To Read’ FREE online reading activities

‘Teach Your Monsters To Read’


2B’s Slime Experiment

2P’s Slime Experiment


The Hive

National Autism Society Website

Magic Key Adventures
Lots of fun and games while learning about words and writing