Beech Class 2019-20
Emergency School Closure
How to support your child at home
Year 2 Parents,
Below you will find weekly planning ideas and suggested activities for home schooling during the Coronavirus enforced school closure. These plans and resources will be updated on a weekly basis throughout the period the school is closed so that you can best support your child's continued learning at home. Planning is themed to allow the entire family to work on similar activities each day. Please work through as much or as little as you have time for, alongside possibly working from home yourself. We suggest either a Maths or a Writing task each day plus at least 10 minutes of Reading. There are a range of additional activities at the end of each plan if you do require extra work. Maths work is separate for each year group and is linked directly to the Year 2 Curriculum we have been studying in school.
Keep safe, healthy and happy
Beech Class Weekly Meetings on MS Teams:
Remember to log in and see your friends and teacher at the following times each week:
Tuesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 2.30pm
The children can chat to their friends and share their work and experiences at home. We will also be playing a range of maths and spelling/grammar games to keep them engaged with their learning as well as sharing a story.
Additional Online Teaching Sessions Timetable:
What to do if you are worried while school is closed:
Support for children's mental health: https://www.lapworthschool.co.uk/childrens-mental-health/
Your questions and concerns about Coronavirus answered: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround#more-stories-2
While the children are not in school, we are aware that they may have worries or concerns they still want to share with us and we would like to be able to support them as much as we can during this unusual time. We have set up a dedicated email address so children can contact staff with any worries or questions they may have. This email service is available Monday to Friday and emails will be answered by key staff.
The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Term 2 Plans
Week 7 - Theme: Music (W/B 13th July)
Week 6 - Theme: Around the World (W/B 6th July)
Additional BBC Bitesize support with Geography Skills:
Below you will find a selection of very good Geography lessons put together by BBC Bitesize. Children should be able to look through these independently, watch the video, read the information and try the short quiz at the end. There are several to choose from with all seven continents covered.
Europe (France): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk4j7nb
Africa (Nigeria): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk9tpg8
North America (San Francisco): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhhb42p
South America (Rio De Janeiro): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6yg9mn
Asia (Shanghai): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfcbrj6
Cities, Towns and Villages: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zks4ydm
Telling the time:
If you would like some additional ideas and activities to support your child with telling the time then please try the worksheets, websites and games below:
BBC Bitesize Videos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhk82hv/articles/zcmdwxs
Teaching Clock: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/time/teaching-clock
Week 5 - Theme: Space (W/B 29th June)
Websites to help you explore the theme of Space:
NASA Kids Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
European Space Agency Kids: http://www.esa.int/kids/en/home
National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/space/passport-to-space/
CBBC Man on the Moon Game: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/games/man-on-the-moon-game
CBBC Space Collection: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/space-on-cbbc
CBBC Space Videos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/find-out-more-space
Week 4 - Theme: Famous and Significant People (W/B 22nd June)
Week 3 - Theme: Sport (W/B 15th June)
Lots of websites to help you stay active:
Indoor Activities: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/indoor-activities
Just Dance: https://www.youtube.com/user/justdanceGB
Joe Wicks Workouts: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
This Girl Can: https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/disney-workouts/
Week 2 - Theme: Under the sea (W/B 8th June)
Week 1 - Theme: Celebrations (W/B 1st June)
I have recently updated the resources on our class Times Tables support page. Have a look here for worksheets, games and some new challenges for the 2,5,10 and 3 times tables:
Maths Mystery Challenges
Maths Revision Workbooks
If you would like some extra maths challenges to complete with your child at home, either now or over the summer holidays then the documents below may be useful. They are revision activities and designed to review the range of skills taught in Year 2, so would be a good way to help the children prepare for maths in Year 3. There are both subject specific workbooks (e.g. fractions) and those which require a range of maths skills. The 'Activity Mats' are short activities to revise basic Year 2 maths skills and are differentiated by level of challenge. Stars in the bottom left hand corner indicate the difficulty (1=easiest to 3= hardest).
Summer Term 1 Plans
Half Term (25th-29th May)
There are no Home Learning plans or MS Teams Meetings for the week of Half Term. Spend some time having fun with your family and if you would like some ideas try these websites below:
Visit Chester Zoo Virtually: https://www.chesterzoo.org/
Primary Games from BBCBitesize:
Fun reading activities from BookTrust:
Listen to some Science Podcasts:
Explore nature with various activities from WWF:
Week 6 - Theme: Food (W/B 18th May)
Try these websites:
- Virtual Fieldtrips to museums, zoos and landmarks: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1_aWODHd-yrIZsfOGzCTeOUoQQMPx3906Fs6islbPxzef3yfBQ8oFJkz0&_ga=2.222422492.678930662.1587980221-492136169.1587498233
- Scratch Coding lessons: https://sip.scratch.mit.edu/scratchathome/?mc_cid=06a3f42013&mc_eid=3d2133c14d
- Les Mills exercise videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJIZkpEAHfJ4kSkbkB8krDg
- Crash Course Science videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
Week 5 - Theme: Environment (W/B 11th May)
Friday 8th May is 75 years since VE Day. Below you will find a range of activities to explore this important anniversary at home.
VE Day: What is it, when is it and why do we remember? https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749
Horrible Histories song about VE Day:
Musical Activity to celebrate VE Day:
Week 4 - Theme: Animals (W/B 4th May)
Week 3 - Theme: Viewpoints (W/B 27th April)
Activities and Advice to support Online Safety at home: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/5-7s/
Week 2 - Theme: Local Area (W/B 20th April)
Try these free Audiobooks:
Suggested Science Investigations you can do at home:
Easter Holidays (6th-17th April)
There are no Home Learning plans for the two weeks of the Easter Holidays. Spend some time having fun with your family and if you would like some ideas try these Easter Activities below:
Easter Craft and Cooking
- Try these 44 fun Easter Craft ideas: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/easter-ideas/g711/easter-spring-crafts/?slide=1
- Make some tasty Easter treats: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/feature/easter
- Read the Easter Story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-easterperformance
- Try these Easter games and activities from Cbeebies: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/easter
- Explore Easter Traditions with Newsround: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17597617 and https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47975475
Exploring your garden
- Find out about wildlife you might get in your garden: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/biology-ks1-ks2-wonders-of-nature-wildlife-in-our-gardens/zkx2t39
- Learn how to create a wildlife friendly garden: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/nine-ways-to-build-a-wildlife-friendly-garden
Week 1 - Theme: Family (W/B 30th March)
White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
TTS Rockstars and Numbots: https://play.ttrockstars.com
Phonics: www.phonicsplay.co.uk (Username:march20 and Password: home. Try Phase 5)
Purple Mash: access via http://www.welearn365.com
Exercise: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers, https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Suggested Timetable for Home Learning
Welcome to Year 2
Hello and welcome to the Beech Class page of our school website. Here you will find dates, class information and homework. You can also find out what we will be learning each week and see photographs of all the fun we have at school.
I am always available at the end of the day so if you have any questions, queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to speak to me. Appointments can also always be arranged through the office. Thank you.
Week beginning 16th March
English: Writing a non chronological report on influential women throughout history.
Maths: Division and solving word problems
Science: Understanding how animals and plants adapt to their environments
Topic: Learning about Florence Nightingale and how she improved hospitals
Dates for your diary:
Mon 24th Feb - Teacher Training Day
Thurs 5th March - World Book Day
W/B 9th March - Science Week
Tues 10th and Thurs 12th March - Parents Evening
Thurs 12th March - Storytelling Workshop with live music
Friday 13th March - Sports Relief, come to school in sports clothes in Family colours
Fri 20th March - Mothers Day Assembly at 3pm and PTA tea and cakes CANCELLED
Thurs 2nd April - Easter Church Service
6th-17th April - Easter Holidays
Class Teacher: Mrs A Rhead
Class Teaching Assistant (Tues-Thurs mornings): Mrs D Adams
Reading at home
Children are expected to read to an adult at home for at least 10 minutes daily.
School Reading Books are changed on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please indicate in the reading diary when you have read with your child so we know that they require a new book. Children's books will be changed when they have read them twice.
Maths and English Homework is set on alternate weeks.
Homework is set on Friday and due in on the following Wednesday
Please see list of Year 2 Common Exception words under 'Spelling' below. These are the spellings that children are expected to learn to spell by the end of Year 2.
In Year 2 children are expected to know the following times tables:
2,3,5 and 10
There are some suggested websites and resources to help you practise these under 'Times Tables' below.
This term our topic is… Wonder Women
Suggested websites if you would like to complete some additional research with your child…
PE - Wednesday and Thursday
Library books changed - Friday
*Please note that Family Points are no longer recorded in Reading Records and are now collected on a chart in the classroom. Children receive their leaves in assembly as usual.
Year 2 Topics
For your information - these are the topics our class will cover this year:
History and Geography
Week 1 and 2 - Whole School 2 Week Topic - Local History: The Gunpowder Plot
Remainder of Autumn Term - Indian Spice
Spring Term - Wonder Women
Summer Term - The Home Front (World War 2)
Terms 1 and 2 - Materials
Term 3 - Animals, including Humans
Term 4 - Living things and their habitats
Terms 5 and 6 - Plants
Religions covered in Year 2: Christianity, Islam, Sikh, Buddhism
Internet Safety Day
Tuesday 11th February 2020
We spent today learning all about how to keep ourselves safe online. We learnt that the internet is an amazing place but that there are a few things we should all do to protect ourselves while using it. We learnt to...
- Use an Avatar instead of a photograph of yourself
- Never give out your personal information (e.g. your name, address, school, date of birth)
- Be polite and kind to others online - do not bully people
- Create a good online reputation for yourself - think about how you want others to see you.
- Know how to use email safely and considerately. Never open an email from someone you don't know.
- Understand how to be safe when watching videos online. Ask an adult if it is suitable for you.
- Know how to safely use search engines to find accurate information.
If you would like to further explore internet safety at home with your child, have a look at these videos that we have used at school:
Video about online stranger danger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nMUbHuffO8
Video about safely watching videos online: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/education-packs/education-pack-5-7-year-olds
Video about avatars and privacy: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/sid-tv/films-5-7-year-olds
Various e-safety message cartoons: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/