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Mrs Dolan and Miss Charlton


Welcome boys and girls to our new Y2 virtual classroom!We hope everyone is well and keeping themselves healthy and of course busy. Over the next few weeks, children have their learning packs to be getting on with.  But please do check online too as we will still be adding to this page.  

Should you have any queries please contact and we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible!


One of the things teacher's love to do is read to their class.  So that we don't miss out on that quality time together we will be reading a story each day for bedtime or anytime you feel like listening!

Please click the picture below to hear our first virtual story.  


Please click the picture below to hear another fantastic story.

Please click the picture below to hear the story linked to this week's work.


Please click the picture below to hear the story 

Useful Sites

Below are links to key websites that we use in school to support our learning. Children should have the log in information they need, however if you do not then please email the school office at and we will get these to you as soon as possible.

Sites that require a log in:

Bug Club TT Rockstars Sum Dog

Sites that are free to use:

Phonics Play

Phonics play is usually a subscription site, but is currently free to use. It is a site packed with phonics games and resources you can use at home. The children know most of the games and love playing them in school.

Letters and Sounds

If you would like printable resources to support with phonics and reading this site has free resources to download.

Top Marks Maths Games

Top Marks Maths has lots of free maths games that are a great way to practice their maths skills and even to learn some skills that they might not be as confident with.The children in Y2 use this site regularly in their lessons, particularly when practising their times tables and number bonds on “Hit The Button”.

ICT Games 

ICT Games has a variety of Maths and English games to access completely free in a fun and interactive way.  Give them a go, you won't be disappointed!

Let's Get Physical!

We also recommend that children (and adults) get as much physical exercise as possible each day.

PE with Joe

Mrs Dolan has loved doing PE sessions with her children led by the Body Coach - Joe Wicks. Why don't you try!


Jump Start Jonny

Jump Start Jonny is also another site we use regularly in school. There is lots of free content on the site at the moment ranging from high energy work outs to chilled mindfulness sessions.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic kids yoga is a fantastic way to stretch and unwind at the end of each day. Jamie the instructor tells you a story whilst you act this out through different yoga poses. The children love this and it is a firm favourite across school during our annual Health Week.

Online Dance Class

Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse is streaming children's dance classes to her Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts at 11:30am every day until at least 30th March.

The classes are saved onto her YouTube page after the livestream has finished, so children can enjoy them even if you aren’t available at the exact start time.


Home Learning jobs

Each week we will be uploading new ideas here that you can do at home. These won't always follow what you would have been doing in school, but instead it is to give you more fun activities to have a go at for if you finish your learning pack! Lots of children in our class have uploaded their work to our SeeSaw page which is lovely for us to see. Make sure to send us pictures of work you are very proud of!  

  • W/C 29.6.20


You may think you now know almost everything there is to know about Florence Nightingale, but just in case, why not watch this video? It explains all about Florence's life and how she changed nursing and hospital for the better, all told by herself!

There are also some other stories about famous people from the past, some who made amazing discoveries, some who changed history by changing the way people thought, and all of them heros! If there is anyone you find particularly interesting, why not write a short paragraph or create a fact file about them.   



In maths you are still studying measurement, but this time it is about capacity! Capacity means the amount of something that a container can hold. You will have to read a measuring jug, make comparisons between how much a container could hold and see if you can work out how large the capacity is of items around your house.

If you are struggling with capacity, or think you need a little bit more help before completing the activities, this bitesize video will help you secure your knowledge!

Once you have completed this week of your pack, see if you can test your knowledge and skills by playing one of the games below!

                                  Capacity countdown                                                     Coconut ordering


  • W/C 22.6.20


Your final learning pack is all about Florence Nightingale, you may have heard of her! She was a very famous nurse, who worked hard during the Crimean War to make hospitals a more hygenic and safer place.

There is already lots of information about Florence Nightingale in your learning pack, but if you would like to find out more, click on some of the websites below:
  -  Bitesize
  -  Twinkl
  -  Primary Homework Help
  -  The School Run


The activities in your pack include creating a timeline of Florence's life. Why don't you try and create a timeline of your own life, including many important events such as:
  -  What date you were born
  -  The date any of your siblings were born
  -  The date you started school
  -  The date you got a pet
Ask an adult to help you with this if you can't remember! You could use this website to make it.



In maths you will be learning about mass and whether objects are heavier or lighter than each other. To practice your knowledge, why not try measuring things around your house? You may have a set of scales to use, but if not just hold the two items in your hands with your arms outstretched and you will be able to tell which is heavier and which is lighter! When you think you have got it, click the picture below to try out your knowledge in a game!



  • W/C 15.6.20


The topic section in your learning pack this week is based on natural art. We would like you to use your creativity and imagine how a flower could be turned into something entirely different. For example, look at the picture below where someone has used a rose as a tutu for a ballet dancer! Why don't you have a look around your garden or local area and see if there are any flowers you could turn into new things.


Here are some other natural inspired arty ideas you could do from home:
    -  Arrange rocks to make a shape or face
    -  Make some rubbings of a leaf of tree bark
    -  Draw around a giant leaf and decorate it
    -  Dip leaves and flowers in paint or ink and use it to make some prints
    -  Press leaves, flowers and sticks into clay or playdough to make fossils
    -  Gather together some natural items and create a woodland creature with them


In maths we are revising our knowledge of place value. Remember, if you need a little help with remembering how to use your greater than and less than symbols, you can watch this numberblocks video to help you.

After practicing your tens and ones on the worksheet, why not put your knowledge to the test by trying out one of the games below!

                      ABCya - Base 10 Fun!                            Splash Learn - Numbers to 100!


  • W/C 8.6.20

This week in your learning pack you will be learning to draw your own map. We use maps because they are a lot easier to see an area in a simpler way. Look at the example below of Grangetown:


                           An aeriel view                                                                A map

As you can see, it is a lot easier to read a map than look at a picture! Just using this map, see if you can find Hendon Beach, or the cemetery, or can you even find our school?
Maps are usually very simple, there is not very much detail and often things are just made out of shapes.

Here is an example of a map that shows our classroom:

Why don't you see if you could draw your own version of a map of our classroom, or even our school?


In maths this week you will be practicing your knowledge of symmetry! If you need a bit more help to understand it, click here to watch a Bitesize video. Or, click on the links below to have a go at some of the interactive games and practise your skills.

  -  Symmetry matching
 -  Symmetry sorting
 -  Lines of symmetry shape shoot
 -  Symmetry invaders!


  • W/C 1.6.20

This week we want you to get fact finding.  We have added some useful links to help you in your research.







This week the topic section of your learning pack has a history focus - specifically historical features. You might have already chosen somebody to research, but in case you haven't here are some links to help you find out more about each person!


  - Neil Armstrong
  - Christopher Columbus
  - Albert Einstein
  - Isaac Newton
  - Amelia Earhart
  - Martin Luther King

 To link this with your English work, why don't you do an acrostic poem about your chosen person?
 Something like this:

 Rocket pilot
 Moon walker
 Space traveler
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"
 Role model 
 Ohio born 

 Then make sure you upload it to SeeSaw so we can read it!


  • W/C 11.5.20

Has your sunflower started to grow yet? It might still be hiding in the soil, just about to push out it's root and shoot. Why don't you make your own sunflower using fan art, so that you can something in place until the real one grows? Check out the link below to help!

                                                                   Sunflower paper craft     


Did you find any minibeasts last week? Why don't you use your minibeast recording sheet to help you make a tally chart to show how many of each minibeast you found. Once you have done this, you could even use your data skills to make a graph of all the minibeasts like the one you used in week 1 of your pack! You could try drawing it out yourself, or you could use this website to help you make one online, like the one below.


  • W/C 4.5.20

I wonder if you can guess which season we are in now...

Well done, it's SPRING! Spring is the first season of the year and it usually begins on the 20th March in the United Kingdom. The weather can often change, some days it might be very rainy but some days it might be extremely sunny! Have you noticed any funny weather changes in the last few weeks?

In Spring, lots of baby animals are born and birds begin to build their nests ready for their baby chicks. Also, all the plants are begin to grow buds and leaves again. This is because there is a lot more of all the things they need to survive. Can you remember what those things were? (Hint: It's in your learning pack!)


Several minibeasts start to come out in Spring because they need warm weather. Why don't you use this minibeast recording sheet to help you spot some. You could take it out with you on your daily walk, or check around to see what creatures are in your garden! Once you have done that, you could write some sentences about what minibeasts you found and how you recognised them - How many legs did they have? Did they have wings? What colour were they?

There are lots of other activities you could do on the topic of minibeasts:
 - Follow this link to see how to make a wormery out of an old plastic bottle, some sand/soil and a dark bag  or cupboard.
 - Investigate different minibeast habitats, you could search for them whilst on your walk or make your own!
 - Make a birds' nest out of wool or sticks 
 - Make Top Trumps cards to identify minibeasts


We will be uploading more learning at home jobs each week for you to do at home. In maths we will be following what we would be learning if we were in school. In English we will have a theme based around a story or topic where you can complete activities in reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. There will also be other activities related to the foundation subjects. 


  • W/C 20.4.20

This week in English we will be looking at the story 'Ronald the Rhino' It is all about a Javen Rhino who is not happy with the way he looks. Below is the story if you want to read it by yourself and there is also a video of Mrs Roberts reading it at the top of the page if you just want to listen.

Ronald the Rhino PDF

Below are some activities based around the story. You could try to complete one each day or some might take you longer depending on how creative you get!


Re-read the story using the pages below. Have a go at answering the questions. There are 3 different star levels. I would be very pleased if you could answer the 3 star level! Remember you can underline anything you feel is important or want to copy for an answer. Try and complete independently if you can. If you cannot print these out then write your answers on a piece of paper and ask your adult to mark them when you are done.

Ronald the Rhino Reading Comprehension

Writing a character description- Using what you know about Ronald and the other characters from the story can you choose one to write a character description about? I have included a checklist below so that you can included all the features expected in Y2. 

Character Description- Steps to Success
- Y2 handwriting style with some letters joined
- All sentences make sense
- CL . ? ! used
- Conjunctions to extend your sentences (and, but, because, when, so, if, that)
- Adventurous adjectives to describe
- Use different sentence openers
- Write about appearance, likes, dislikes and personality

Writing Riddles- Can you have a go at writing a riddle to describe an animal it could be one from the story or another one of your favourite animals. When writing a riddle follow these rules:
1. Don't say the name of the animal
2. Start with harder clues and then get easier 
3. Describe their appearance and likes
4. End with 'What am I?

You can then read them to your family and see if they can guess your animal. Can you guess the animal from our riddle?

I am striped black and white,
with a short, spiky mane.
I live in a herd
on the African plain.
What am I?

  • W/C 13.4.20

The following activities can be completed after reading any book, perhaps use one of the stories we have read online (click on the links above). The activities are listed in order of increasing difficulty.  We have also included some prompts to support you in carrying out the activities.

 - Create an art piece based on one of the settings.
 - You could create a pencil sketch or use coloured pencils, felt tips, paint.  Be as adventurous as you want!
 - Extend this activity by labelling the setting using interesting adjectives and similes
 - Write a book review 
 - Remember to include a summary of the plot, your opinion and a star rating
 - Extend this activity by adding a recommendation – who would enjoy this book?
 - Create a fact file about your favourite character 
 - Write a letter to the author to tell them what you thought of the book 
 -  Design a poster to advertise the book 
 -  Rewrite the ending of the story to make it different.  This is your chance to change the book, think about   how you could make it even better?

  • W/C 30.3.20

As you will remember one of the last activities we did at school as a whole class was visit Beamish.  We didn't get the chance to share the pictures together so I have added them here for you to look at.

A suggested activity this week is to look through the photos and talk to a grown up about our day.  You could then write a recount of our visit. 

Remember to start your recount by writing a short introduction answering the questions; When did we go? Who went? Why did we visit?

Then write about each part of our day using sentence starters such as First, After that, Next, Finally.  A recount must be tell me about your day in the order that they happened so think carefully about what we did and when!  An example text can be found here.

Bonus Points: If you can include an conjunctions in your sentences such as; and, but, because, so that would be amazing.  If you need to remind yourself about the conjunctions we have looked at click here!

Ongoing tasks to be practised as often as possible!

By the end of Y2 the children need to be able read and spell the Year 2 Common Exception Words. A copy of these can be found below.

Spelling Shed is a website that can turn learning spellings into a game.  They are offering a free ongoing trial while the school closures are in place.  Please click here to access the site.


  • W/C 20.4.20

This week we will be looking at the fraction three quarters (3/4) and begin to measure in metres and centimetres. Find the link below to video and resources.
Maths 20.4.20

  • W/C 13.4.20

Classroom Secrets now has a kids area with a range of interactive games linked directly to the Year 2 curriculum.  Check it out here!

  • W/C 30.3.20

Whilst still at school the children were learning all about fractions of numbers and shape. We focused mainly on finding halves (1/2) and quarters (1/4) . Some suggested activities for this week is to investigate the fraction (1/3) and to understand that one half (1/2) is the same as two quarters (2/4). Remember a fraction has to have equal parts!The link to the activities are below. For each session there is a recap of previous learning called the Flashback 4. There is also a video to introduce the new learning and an activity. Enjoy! Maths WC 30.3.20