Good morning Sycamores and welcome to a new week! I hope you all managed to have a relaxing weekend.
This week we have lots of different things in store as well as your daily home learning.
The first exciting thing is that school have activated a subscription to Numbots, which is a Maths games website which has the same username and password as Times Tables Rockstars. For example, the username for Joseph Wicks would be josewicks and the password would be maths123.
The Numbots levels will seem really easy to start with but as you move through the levels they will get more challenging and you will earn more coins. Try doing this for 10 minutes every day this week and see how far you get!
The next exciting thing: Free Online Classes
As part of your learning this week, Miss Malanaphy and I would like you to try a new skill through one of these free online sessions. At the end of the week, you can then write and draw to present what you have learnt so I can see how interesting the classes were as I won’t be able to go to all of them!
You can choose one from the list, or even more if you’d like!
9:30 (Wednesday only) Geography
(Monday, Wednesday and Friday only) Maths
11:00 Science (and Gardening!)
13:30 10 minute Dance Fitness
Today’s Home Learning
Instead of quizzes this week, practise an important counting skill first thing in the morning every day. Today’s skill is counting by 2s. Can you do it forwards and backwards?
This week we will be thinking about shapes (2D and 3D) and fractions.
Today, take a look at What are 2D shapes? to remind yourself of the names of 2D shapes. Think about how many sides and vertices (the maths word for corners) they have. Play this game to help you think a bit more about the properties of 2D shapes. You need to click ‘Answer’ in the top left to check you have got the name of the 2D shape right.
When you’ve reminded yourself of the names and properties of 2D shapes, have fun creating a ‘Wanted’ poster for a 2D shape which is on the run! Can you describe how many sides and vertices it has and list any special properties so that people can recognise the shape when they see it?!
You can use our template or create your own poster by hand or by using technology!
This week we will be thinking about poetry.
This is a classic by Robert Louis Stevenson and it is called “From a Railway Carriage”. When you read it out loud, try to read it in the same rhythm as a train going past!
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Can you write down the answers to these questions about the poem?
- Name two things a train travels faster than.
- Why can’t the author see the sights of the hill and the plain? (In the poem, the word ‘plain’ means ‘farmland’.)
- Find one word which was in our spellings list last week!
Reading and Spelling
Read a book on Bug Club and answer the questions. Last week not all of you used Bug Club – it’s really important to read a book a day as then I can check you are all reading and understand the books! Then, you can choose any book you’d like to read with an adult.
This week we are going to remind ourselves of our Year 2 common exception words which we learnt way back at the beginning of the school year. We sometimes call these ‘tricky words’ because you can’t always use your phonics to sound them out.
This week’s first four words are:
door, floor, poor, because
Can you spot the pattern in the first three words?
Have a lovely day and remember to email to keep me updated on ‘email@example.com’! I loved hearing from so many of you last week.
Miss M xxx