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Dear Parents and Carers in Y2, 


Here are some activities which hopefully will keep you busy over the next few weeks.  The children have been given a plain yellow book to record any of their learning including any maths' jottings, art work, science, geography, spelling practice, extra homework projects,  annotations and jottings for their writing, etc.  Additionally, they also have a lined book which they can use for any extra writing activities they'd like to do. 


If your child is using the internet for any of the activities below, please ensure they are supervised. 


We would recommend that the children get a good mixture of fun activities, fresh air and exploration and formal learning times.  Balance is the key, together with little and often.  


Have lots of fun, do your best, keep well and see you soon. 


Mrs Marin 


Here is a suggested timetable for your day:


8.50 - 9.10  - Start your morning with some exercise from GoNoodle 

9.10 - 9.45 Maths (Choose a couple of activities from your pack or online activities below)

9.45 - 10.15 - Stretch out, go to the garden, have a drink and a healthy snack, bake a cake, do some gardening or help your parent with a chore.

10.10 - 10.40 - Reading for pleasure - choose a cosy spot, lay on the grass or snuggle up with your pet and read a book. 

10.40 - 11.00 - Have a break, get some exercise, run in the garden, go for a walk with your parent (please adhere to social distancing rules as per government advice), have a snack and recharge your batteries. 

11.00- 11.35 - English (choose a writing activity, write a book review, write a card to your elderly relative and post it, become a journalist and investigate an interesting topic or write a diary entry with your thoughts)

11.35 - 11.50- Keep Active 

11.50 - 12.10 - Spelling Practice

12.15 - 13.10 - Lunch and break

13.10 - Topic - choose from the science, geography, art or other activities.

OR use this fabulous tree to plan your activities throughout the day: 


Fun Activities from the homework grid.



Phonics Practice

Keep your phonic skills sharp by practicing on these websites:


Phonics Play 

Children can use this website to practice their skills and without having to subscribe.  To access these resources all you need to do is log on using the following details: 

Username: march20   password:  home


Phonics Bloom

Phonics Bloom create interactive online phonics games to help teach children the relationship between letters and sounds and develop the skills needed to read and write. 



Make sure you keep your spelling sharp by practicing all the rules learned so far at www.spellingframe.co.uk


You can additionally practice some additional rules (one rule per week) and learn them very well

Week 3

Y2 Spelling Rule 17 – The /c:/sound spelt before l and ll


Week 4

Y2 Spelling Rule 18 – The /^/ sound spelt o


Week 5

Y2 Spelling Rule 19 – The /i:/ sound spelt -ey

Week 6

Y2 Spelling Rule 34 – common exception words












































REMEMBER to use all the different strategies you've learned and practiced at school.  Make sure you make it fun and apply them in your writing by making up some fabulous sentences with them.  For example:  All of the small, tiny ladybirds walked and stumbled along the green, hairy stalk.  Although, they'd almost reached the top of the giant beanstalk, they always feared what awaited them there....



Make sure you are reading for a minimum of 20 mins a day. Write your opinions about the book you've read, write a book review on the Coley Blog www.coleyblog.net or on the template provided in your packs.  Below is a book review template you can print out.  Remember to write a short summary of the book you've read, your opinion and who you'd recommend the book to and why. 


Book Review Template to print


World Book Online have just made their fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. They have books suitable for all ages.


Check this link to find books about animals and their habitats. 


Check this link to find books about amphibians, reptiles and sea creatures. 


You can create your own fact file by collating interesting facts in your book. 



Read an ebook or have it read to you

Choose a level, an area of interest and then a book.  Look out! Some can be read to you too.  There are also some fun videos to watch.  Remember always ask an adult to help you and supervise you on the internet. 

Extensive library of Ebooks

A large library of books ready to download onto PDF form and read on line. 





My Maths

Practice your fractions, time, multiplication, addition, division, subtraction, time, measurement and shape at MyMaths


Time Tables

Need to practice your timetables?  Sing along and learn your time 2, 3, 5 and 10 tables by heart at the Coley Website.

 Don't stop there and start learning your 4 and 6 time tables. 


Fraction Fun


Make a cake with your grown up or use are pizza to practice cutting it into different fractions.  Is 1/2 the same as 2/4?  Can you prove it by cutting the pizza or cake in different ways?  


Make an cut fractions with paper plates.  Compare equivalent fractions and find fractions of a number or items. 


Fractions of a number using items to share and your Fraction Plates.  Don't forget your Bar modelling to help you work out answers too!







Choose a number up to 60.  Then get some items (such as toys or pebbles, coins, counters or any other items.  Share the items into halves, quarters or thirds.  Remember that you can use your bar modelling and place value strategies to find the half, quarter or third of a bigger number.  


You can use the template on the write on your yellow book to show, draw, explain and prove different fractions such as 1/2, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 1/3 or 2/3 of a number.  Use items and bar modelling to help you work out the answer. 













Go for a 2D and 3D shape hunt round your home.  Use some of the templates in your pack to help you record your findings.  How many circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, pentagons, hexagons can you find?  can you identify their properties?  Which is the most popular 2D shape?  Why do you think that is? 


Can you make some 3D shapes with some cocktail sticks and small sweets?  Can you count the vertices, sides and faces? 

You can compare your shapes as well by number of vertices, sides or faces?  Where in your house or outside can you spot these shapes? Which is the most popular? Why do you think that is?  

3D shapes - ask a grown up to help you find shapes in their cupboards.  What kinds of shaped containers do your parents have?  Do they have spheres, cubes, cuboids, squared based pyramids, triangular prism, cylinders and tetrahedrons?  Can you make a chart with their properties? 




3D Shapes Property Poster to help you with your learning

Here are the answers for the Maths Spring Activity Booklet

Bake a cake or make some food

 There is a wealth of delicious recipes on the BBC Food Website, click this link.  Make sure you measure all your ingredients including any liquids.  Parents please supervise your children and kids, don't use any sharp knives. 


Happy Cooking!

Maths Games

Choose a maths game to play each day.

Have a go at inventing your own maths game.

Link to a blog on maths games:



White Rose Lesson Tutorials and Worksheets 

The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five brand new maths lessons for each year group. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.


Place value

Play the ‘Guess my Number’ place value game. Make 2 sets of 2-digit

Link to ‘Guess my Number’ video:



Column addition of 2-digit numbers

Make your own tens and ones using straws, tooth pics, pencils (or anything else you can think of which you can make into bundles of ten).


Use them to have a go at adding 2 2-digit numbers and to understand what happens when your 2 digits add to 10 or more.

Link to column addition of 2-digit numbers video:



Time (o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to)

Why don’t you make your own clock and have a go at telling the time to o’clock and half past using just the hour hand. Once you are confident with that, have a go at telling the time to quarter past and quarter to.

Once you have tried it using just the hour hand, bring in the minute hand too.

Link to video on time (o’clock and half past):


Link to video on quarter past and quarter to:




Ask your parents for some money. Can you identify all the coins?

Can you make 50p? Can you find a different way to make 50p, using different coins? Try this for different amounts.  


10 more and 10 less

Make your own tens and ones using straws, tooth pics, pencils (or anything else you can think of which you can make into bundles of ten).

Make your own tens and ones baseboard and practise adding and subtracting 10 from your number.

Link to video on adding 10:


Link to video on subtracting 10:



Column subtraction of 2-digit number

Make your own tens and ones using straws, tooth pics, pencils (or anything else you can think of which you can make into bundles of ten).

Use them to have a go at subtracting 2 2-digit numbers and to understand what happens when your 2 digits add to 10 or more.

Link to column subtraction of 2-digit numbers video:



Division as grouping and sharing

Find things around the house you can use to practise division as sharing and division of grouping. You could use raisins, grapes, lego bricks etc…

Link to video on division as grouping and sharing:





Practise adding numbers together by playing games with dice. Have a go at playing ‘Pig’ and ‘Skunk’ and then try and think of your own game

Link to dice game ‘Pig’:


Link to dice game ‘Skunk’:


At Home Activities for Children


The simple balance

Activities for kids at home


Activities to do at Home 


Twinkl also have some great free resources and home learning packs for parents 


Art Work 


Bong Tree Design


Make a collage of a Bong Tree using left over or crafting materials from your house such as paper, wool, buttons, tissue paper, beads, gems, etc. 


Make your design first on a piece of A3.  Then start thinking about which materials you could have and how you would fold them and arrange them on the page.  At the end, you could even use water colours to add a bit of extra texture and vibrancy to your design. 

Observational Drawings


Choose a subject (a pot, your bike, an owl, cat, etc) and use your pencil to sketch and draw using your observational skills. 


Here are some Youtube tutorials to help you:


How to draw a robot


How to draw a dragon


How to draw a monster


How to draw a bee


How to draw an owl


How to draw a cat



Find out about Honey Bees and how they help to sustain all of our ecosystems round the world. 

Explore by looking at this websites to find out facts or watch some YouTube videos for fascinating facts and information.  Remember to find out about their habitats, life cycles, food chain, how the beehive is organised, the types of bees there are in the bee hive, the different jobs they have, why are bees important, etc. Gather, write down and cut and stick pictures to make your own little fact file or booklet about Honey Bees.  Here are some websites that might help you investigate.  


National Geographic - Interesting facts about bees

Types of Bee in the UK

Cool Facts about Bees

Fun Science For Kids

Fun Facts for Kids YouTube - A puppet tells you lots of facts about Bees. 

Busy Bees

7 Amazing Bee Facts




Find out about these fascinating animals.  Here is a link full of videos to help you find out more about Life Cycles

National Geographic Facts about Butterflies

The Children's Butterfly Site

The Butterfly Site

 Press this link to access a variety of books about insects including Monarch Butterflies and BEES. 

Draw your own butterfly cycle in the template in your pack.  You can print off photographs and add extra details. 








Be creative and do your Life cycle in whichever way you want.  Make sure you include lots of information about each stage and ensure that you are using your punctuation, noun phrases, generalisers and present tense. 






Cross-Curricular Learning with Scholastic

Learn about spiders, sound and music, communities and even how bones work in your body!  Watch a story, read a book, watch a video and do an activity.  Great Fun!




Join Nasa to learn about Weather and Climate through games. 

Weather Games

BBC Geography - Choose 7-9 year olds.


You could compare the weather in two different countries by being a forecaster and looking at their temperature, whether is sunny, rainy, windy, mixed, rainy with sunny spells, foggy, etc.  Look on the BBC Weather Forecast Site and type Reading and another non-European Country to compare. 

Write your own little forecasts. 


Make your own Forecasters Symbols for a map to tell the weather.


Look at the different habitats animals live in all round the globe.  Why can't polar bears live in a desert? 

Here are some videos to learn more about habitats

Choose an animal and explore why they are suited to that habitat.  How do they adapt, camouflage, how does it sustain their needs, etc? Make an information leaflet about that animal and their habitat.  You could print out photos, draw your own pictures and even draw a food chain!

Rain Forest Facts - National Geographic for Kids

Explore Habitats with the National Geographic including Field Work



Indoor games to do at home


This is an extensive selection of games that parents can do at home with their kids.  It includes ideas for paper and pencil games, building, card games, puzzles, freeze, paper bag skits, indoor hopscotch to name a few.  Have a look, I am sure you will find something that you'd love to do. 

Short Burst of Writing

Top of the Beanstalk

Story starter!

Jack had been climbing for most of the morning. Step after slippery step, he had made his way up to the top of the beanstalk. Several times, when the wind picked up, he had feared he might lose his footing and fall to his death. He had dared to look down on one occasion, seeing that his house was the size of an ant far below.

Now that he had finally reached his goal and clambered up to the land of the giants, Jack had no idea what to do next.

‘FEE, FI, FO, FUM…” a voice as loud as a foghorn boomed out from high above him. Jack took a deep breath...


Can you continue the story? 

Has the giant seen Jack?

How might Jack feel at this moment?

Would you rather be the giant or Jack?

Would you rather be a giant in a land of humans, or a human in a land of giants?

What/who else lives in the land of the giants?

Why do giants live apart from humans?

Here is the templates for Story Writing

Story starter!

The tree was all that remained. A solitary figure, it stood there in defiance of the destruction surrounding it. The bark had begun to peel away, one piece at a time, joining the wreckage of other trees that lay scattered across the scorched earth.

This tree was different to the other trees. It contained magic. It contained hope…

Can you continue the story? What is so different about this tree? What has happened to the other trees around it? (There will be a picture in your pack)


Question time! Before you write your story

What do you think has caused the destruction all around the tree?

Why has this one tree survived?

If you walked through the portal, what would happen to you? What would you see?

If this portal to another world, would you go through it or stay on Earth, even if you had no idea what could happen?

Is it good to take risks? Are some risks riskier than others?


Remember the five parts to our story?

  • Opening
  • Build Up
  • Problem
  • Resolution
  • Ending

You can find more inspiring images here: http://www.pobble365.com/

Choose some activities every day, read, relax, explore in the garden, cook with your grown up, jump, run and keep fit.  


Here is a link to get active 

Get active with your family! Choose a supermovers activity. Learn a dance routine or pretend to be a character on a computer game.