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Year 2: Giraffe Class

Year 2 Team 2019/20: Sarah Dainton, Teacher;  Vien Nguyen,  Evie Ryan Smith  Teaching Assistants


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Hello Giraffes,

I hope you are well and helping out as much as you can at home.

Remember to read for at least 20 minutes every day, watch Newsround (link below) and practise your times tables (use the multiplication square) - you can write them out, chant them, rap them or ask an adult to quiz you....what is 3 x 5? 2 x 6? etc..By the end of year 2 you should know your 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times table.

If you can it is really important to get outside and do some exercise every day to keep your body and mind healthy. Can you walk/run a mile every day or skip for 5 minutes or dance to 3 of your favourite songs daily?

Our topic this term is 'Homes' and we have been learning about animal homes and homes near us.


Week 1 w/b 23.3.20 or XXIII/III/XX

This week I would like you to look at Homes through History. Read all the slides on this link and then choose 2 homes to draw and find out/write about. You could also compare your home to a home from history, such as a Tudor house. What is the same and what is different? 

Maths This week practise doubling numbers to 30 or 50 or further, by partitioning the number, double both numbers and then recombine (put back together). e.g. 

Also halve even numbers in a similar way by partitioning the number, halve each number then recombine. e.g.



English - Have a go at this comprehension about the story - The Bear Who Came to Babysit. Read it on your own if you can or ask an adult to help you. 

Reading Comprehension (answers are on the last page).

Spellings for this week are attached here:


Maths: To understand that a fraction is an equal part of a whole; 1/2s and 1/4s of shapes; Place halves on a number line, and begin to understand mixed numbers and to count in halves beyond 1 to 10

Click on this link for the introduction powerpoint: 

Activity sheet  and  activity sheet 2 - (write how many leaves the caterpillar each day on the number line and label it) and activity sheet 3 - (if you can print off, cut up, shuffle and rematch the fraction with the cake picture).

On this sheet copy out the flags and colour them in different ways and label the fraction in each colour.


Week 2 w/b 30/3/20 or XXX/III/XX

Firstly a special message from Harry...he can now clap and is very close to crawling.

See pictures and video below. You can always email me pictures and I will pass them on to Gill. Sue and Gill say hello and remind you to stay safe. 


Apologies these are on the side!!Videos below.

Harry 1

Harry 2

Hello to all Giraffes and your families. I hope you are all staying in and keeping yourself well.

It certainly is an unusual time.

English - The children can watch this short film, on the Literacy Shed website:

They can then read the suggestions on the page, below the animation.  They can write up the story of the film or create their own story, based on a real dream or an imaginary one.  This can be done using a story-board, creating a cartoon or a traditional story.

 Why not try these books available to read online.

Books trust: 

Sooper Books 

Remember to watch Newsround (see link below) and read every day.

I am adding new links today and work to carry you up until, at least, Wednesday. Don’t forget to practise your 2,3,4,5,10 times tables and ask an adult at home to give you a spelling test on last weeks spellings.  Tables

You are all doing really well.

Maths learning for Monday : try at least 2 of the maths challenges.  Maths Challenges – These are open ended that means there are usually lots of answers to find. The challenges start on page 15. 

Tuesday - Look at the 3 kangaroos - Jack jumps in 10s, Jemma in 5s and young Joey in 2s. Use the sheet to answer these questions

Wednesday 1/4/20     I/IV/XX to Friday 3/4/20    III/IV/XX

Weds: Fill in the sheet attached using the 'x' sign as times, multiply, sets of, groups of etc.... You can use the 3 kangaroos sheet from yesterday to help you. 

Thurs :To investigate multiplication with the same answer. 

 We know that 6 x 2p = 12p and 5 x 5p = 60p Tru the other coins to buy each fruit.

     How about is the answer is the same = 20p

Use the coins to make 3 different multiplication sentences.

Now try 40p. What do you notice?

Fri: To count in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve multiplication problems

Work on these 2 problems with an adult. Remember to draw a picture if it will help.

 this can be drawn as  and 3 x 5 =15 

Now try:   Now have a go at these Multiplication word problems.


Spellings  for this week are attached here: Spelling 10!


All Subjects - Lots to find here on bitesize  scroll down online and you will find lots of subjects.

Science -Materials

History this week continue to look at homes in the past. Watch the 3 slide shows

links here....      Now look at the objects used in a Victorian home. Write about 4 of them. Can you find out any more about them? 


Dear choir and anybody else who loves to sing!
I am missing our weekly choir sessions and thought that you might like to keep up with your singing. So here are some of our warm ups and the songs we are learning that are all on YouTube. Remember music makes us feel happy and relaxed so keep singing. Take care all of you. Julia 
 1. To stop the train
2. Let's start to sing

3. Do 're me (from sound of music)
How far I'll go
I wish I knew how
There's a power in the music
And of course Tooty Ta and Allouette gentille Allouette.

Any problems, parents/carers, please email me on

Stay safe,




Want to know more about the teaching of Mathematics?

These videos are for parents to see some of the things that we do in class.  You will need your child's log in details to view the videos. 


Here is a link to Newsround.

Click on this link to access Abacus. You will need your log in details as well.

This link will take you to the Sumdog  website.

You have a different log in for this.

The phonics play website has made their online games free during this time of school closure. The username is march20 and the password is home. Most children are using phase 5 games. You can access this website here: