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Friday 3rd April

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!  This week I will not be adding to this HOMELEARNING page.  Instead go back to the homepage and at the top click on OUR LEARNING.  This will direct you to lots of Easter Activities you can do at home!  Keep sending in your BLOGS - I am really enjoying seeing what you have been up to!  Take care:)


Friday 27th March

Below are some ideas of things you can do at home but I would love you to use your imaginations and come up with ideas of your own too. I wonder who will be the first to send me a BLOG to go on our page showing things they have been doing? 


Times Tables and Division Facts: Keep practising your times tables using TT ROCKSTARS - we should be real superstars at multiplication by the time we come back to school.  Also keep using MATHLETICS to practise maths skills.  I will link these to the work suggested below.

Measuring: below is the objective for Year 2 for this time in the year

You will need to have a ruler to do this.  If you don't have a ruler you can call the school and they will leave you one at the main desk to collect.

choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm);

  • Why not... make a measure on a strip of paper to go on the wall to measure how tall you and your family are!  Remember to ESTIMATE first. 
  • Why not... Make little squares of paper with your estimates on them and then measure to see how close you are!  Remember that an ESTIMATE is just a guess, you probably won't get it completely right - try and get close to within 3cm more or less.

CHALLENGE: Thinking Tom says that 30cm can be the same as 5 pencils.  What do you think?  Can you convince your Parents and Carers?

Compare and order lengths and record the results using the <  > and = symbols.

> is 'greater than', < is 'less than'.  Make up some sentences that your parent has to decide are true or false, for example: a lamp > a banana (true!)  a pencil < a pea (false).  Write the actual measurements underneath each item (maybe tricky with a house so choose items that you can measure!

Measuring: Time
We have started to look at time using analogue clocks (please don't use digital - that is for next year).

compare and sequence intervals of time

tell and write the time to the nearest quarter, half and whole hour

  • Why not...  keep a diary showing the time you do something such as when you wake up, when you do your home work, when you have lunch, go for a walk, etc.
  • Round the time so that you use the terms, quarter past, half past, quarter to and o'clock.   Draw clocks to show these times. Remember when we cut the clock in half and called the right side 'past' and the left side 'to' to help us say the time correctly.
  • Why not practise counting in fives around the clock.    For example: I got up at 25 minutes past 7.

WEBSITES where you can try out your measurement skills:


DIARIES: I don't know about you but I keep forgetting what day it is and what I have done, so Mr Parker has suggested that I write a diary!  I thought I might do this on my computer so that I can put photographs onto it to show how my garden is changing!

  • Why not.... start writing a diary of your own.  You could write it by hand and decorate it.... or you could write it on the computer. 
  • Why not... write a diary for an imaginary creature.  It could have exciting, scary, alarming, naughty, kind tales to write about.  I wonder what your creature will look like?  Of course, you might like to choose a real creature, or even a DINOSAUR!!! 
  • REMEMBER - we have been learning to use adjectives (describing words), adverbs (modifys the adjective or verb e.g. the T-Rex slowly thudded through the forest.  We have been using co-ordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) and subordinate conjunctions (because, if, when) to extend our sentences.  We have also been learning to use commas to separate words in a list (the long, winding path) and puctuation such as question and exclamation marks!  Keep practising using these in your work:)


This half term we have been focusing on: DON'T RUB IT IN - RUB IT OUT!

Let the 'ouch' out!

It is important to let things that hurt us out of our hearts.  Do you remember when we blew up the balloon and had fun letting it fly, and then how sad it was when something that was a 'worry' was tied onto it  and it couldn't fly any more:( .  Sometimes we need to let the worry 'go' to feel better again, BUT REMEMBER, if it keeps coming back we can ask a grown-up to help us.

Remember that we all get hurt in life, sometimes by people and sometimes because we didn’t perhaps do something as well as we had hoped.  No matter what has made us sad or mad, it’s important to ‘let the ouch out’.

Our bodies do something naturally when we are sad and that is 'crying'.  There are lots of other ways to 'let the ouch out'.  Sometimes we need to have a calm time or time to talk with someone about how you are feeling.

There are 3 ways I want you to think about that might help you LET THE OUCH OUT!

Place: Where do we go if we need some time on our own? Is there somewhere where I can go? 

Why not make yourself a 'den' or safe place where you can go and be calm.

Person: Who do we chat with to help us feel better? Someone who listens, cares and doesn’t just tell you to be happy.

Draw a picture showing people you like to chat to when you are feeling unhappy - you could put this in your 'calm space'.

Play: The word ‘heart’ has got the word ‘art’ in it. Drawing, singing and being creative, (the arts) can be a really helpful way of expressing what we are feeling. Sometimes just a simple bit of exercise like football can help us ‘let the ouch out’ too.

Think of some activities that you could do that will help you to express how you are feeling or give you the opportunity to 'let out the ouch'!


Tuesday 24th March

I am updating the ideas for HOMEWORKING that I put on last week and will do this again on Friday ready for next week.  Having a routine may help you when you are working from home.  I have heard lots of tales of children 'taking the register' and ordering their lunches (with a pudding of course!).  Do not feel that you have to 'sit your child down' to work for long periods of time - but try to make this a fun time, for example, you can do lots of measurement work through cooking!  There are limitless amounts of ideas on the Internet - so please feel free to have fun together with your child. 

MATHEMATICS:  Keep practising your times tables!

MATHELETICS (link in yellow box on your right) I have set up multiplication activities on this website which links to the work we are doing in class.  Your child's login is in their blue homelink book.

TT ROCKSTARS - the link for this is in  your child's blue homelink book.  We are focusing on the 2/5 and 10 times tables, both for multiplication and division facts.

We have also started a TT Rockstars 'Battle of the Bands.' This is a competition that has everyone in the school competing. Don't worry, regardless of what times table you are on, you'll still be able to compete. You can earn points for your class by playing any game mode on TT Rockstars. The more you practice, the more points you will earn for your class! The competition will run until the end of the Easter holidays.


This week we were going to start adding and subtracting amounts of money.  The objectives for this unit of work are:

  • recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
  • find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money.

Here are some ideas of things you can do:

YOUTUBE: There are lots of 2/5/10 multiplication songs which you can find on youtube for your child to practise and learn their times tables.  Many children also need to practise number bonds to 10 e.g. 9 and 1/8 and 2 etc - and then extend this to 20.  Throw your child random questions at different times of the day to keep them on their toes!



We have recently be writing poems together in class about dinosaurs.  Why not have a go at writing poems of your own.  POEMS DO NOT HAVE TO RHYME - but its fun when they do!   Encourage your child to think of the vocabulary they are using.  Use an on-line thesaurus to extend their vocabulary. 

I have found these 2 webpages with poems and ideas for things you can do with them.

Of course - after you have written your poem you could illustrate it AMAZINGLY.   I am really looking forward to reading them when we are back in school.


1. Please use the following website for 'The Reading Realm' which has lots of reading activities and comprehension questions.  These will provide your child with good practise at answering questions.

2. Please continue to read your reading book or another book daily if you can and record this in your yellow reading record. I have found that 'Hampshire Library Services' offer free ebooks and eAudiobooks which can be downloaded with a 'Hampshire Library Card'. I have downloaded a step by step guide which you will find at the bottom of this page to help you to download them. Please use this if you can as it is an excellent resource.



We have started looking at the life of Mary Anning who died during victorian times.  Research and write information about another famous Victorians, for example, Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, Isambard Kingdom Brunel etc.  Think about how you are going to present this information to the rest of the class.  Remember that how you show your information is very important -  REMEMBER THE BEE STORY!!!

PLEASE remember to have fun together:)

Mrs Parker