Monday Week 2!

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!

9:00 PE

9:30 (Wednesday only) Geography

10:00 Music

(Monday, Wednesday and Friday only) Maths

11:00 Science (and Gardening!)

11:30 Dance

13:00 Maths

13:30 10 minute Dance Fitness

15:00 Science

16:00 Cooking

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?

  1. Name two things a train travels faster than.
  2. Why can’t the author see the sights of the hill and the plain? (In the poem, the word ‘plain’ means ‘farmland’.)
  3. 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 ‘’! I loved hearing from so many of you last week.

Miss M xxx

Our First Week of Home Learning!

Here’s just some of what we’ve been up to. Thank you to all of you for sending me your photos and messages. Well done to Ashoka, who wrote my favourite contractions story! Looking forward to next week 🙂

Starting from the top left: Thierry’s design for an aeroplane, Sophia’s Maths investigation, Aston using his creative skills to make his favourite characters, Martha’s diary entry, Amelia’s treasure map, Violeta’s computer art for Fing, Samaris baking a delicious cake, Danielius making waffles and the finished waffles!

Hope your weekend is just as fantastic xxx

Home Learning Friday 27th March

Good morning Sycamores! Happy Friday! Hope you’re looking forward to fun at the weekend – check out yesterday’s blog post for a list of ideas for things you can do with your family.


As we know Friday is the day which brings our spelling test! As we can’t do this in the same way, I’ve made a fun challenge which will allow you to test your spellings (without looking at the correct words!!). At the end you can see where you are on the leaderboard! (Miss Malanaphy beat me already…)

Maths Quiz

You will need to use your known facts to help you with these ones. For example “If I know that 8 – 4 = 4, then I know that 80 – 40 = 40”.

As a challenge you can draw a bar model for each question. Remember to think very carefully about your whole and your parts. (When you subtract, you start with your….)

22 + 16 =

34 + 13 =

45 – 12 =

67 – 24 =

43 + 26 =

56 + 32 =

87 – 42 =

98 – 51 =

23 + 19 =

74 – 47 =

Check out Samaris’s reasoning about dividing by zero:


Write a short diary entry about your first week as a home learner. Make sure you use those apostrophes we’ve been learning about! Can you spot my contraction and my possessive apostrophe?

What a sunny week this has been! Luckily, I’ve been able to spend plenty of time in my beautiful, calm garden in my first week at home. However, the best thing about this week was receiving all the lovely updates from Sycamore class – and reading Miss Malanaphy’s blog to see what Chestnut class has been up to! I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next week brings. Will the weather stay sunny?

Send me your diary entries and I might share some on the blog over the weekend!


Have a go at this investigation today! Write down your answers in your home learning book. The questions at the bottom are quite challenging – choose one to do or you can do all of them if you feel ready for it.

Miss McIntyre and Miss Malanaphy’s Puzzling Sweet Shop

Miss Baharouni went into Miss McIntyre and Miss Malanaphy’s sweet shop with 10 pence to spend. 

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, chocolate bars for 5p and lollipops for 7p.

What could Miss Baharouni buy if she wanted to spend all her money?

Mr Platten, Ms Dilley and Mr Knowles went into the shop too. They each had 20 pence to spend. All of them spent all their money.

Mr Platten bought five sweets. He bought at least one of each kind of sweet. Which sweet did he buy two of?

Ms Dilley spent her money on just one type of sweet – but she doesn’t like chews! Which sweet did she buy lots of? How many did she buy?

Mr Knowles bought the same number of sweets as Mrs Dilley, but he bought three different types of sweet. Which sweets did he buy?

Weekend Maths

Play this game which will help you to practise using money.

You can start off with the ‘one coin’ level which will use the same coin lots of times to make an amount. Then you can start to use different coins to make the amount on the ‘mixed coins’ level. Choose the ‘up to £1’ game – remember that £1 is equal to 100 pence.

If you feel like a real challenge, go on the ‘give change’ level!


Don’t worry about Bug Club for today as you have worked so hard this week! Read any book you would like with an adult.

Have a great Friday and a lovely weekend. Please keep sending me your updates – especially about fun things you have done! Miss McIntyre xxx

Home Learning Thursday 26th

Good morning Sycamores!!

I miss you all very much and I was especially thinking about you yesterday. It was so nice to hear from lots of you. Here are just some of the things I’ve been sent! Thank you Violeta, Ashoka and Amelia!

I hope that next time we are all at school the weather is still beautiful and sunny and we can go out into the Secret Garden to hunt for interesting flowers with Mrs Springer! Yesterday morning I spotted yellow, pink, purple, blue and white flowers blooming at school. We also saw an enormous daisy!

Thank you so much for continuing to send me your lovely learning. You’re all working so hard and you deserve to take a break sometimes – you can’t work all the time!! Here are some ideas for things you can do to have a bit of a break:

  1. Design a treasure hunt for your family around the house! You could even draw them a treasure map...
  2. Make a bookmark to show where you are in your home learning book! Here are some templates.
  3. Do a jigsaw puzzle.
  4. Have some ice cream and decorate it with your choice of sprinkles and sauce.
  5. Set up your own shop in your house and make things to sell to your family!
  6. Make your own pizzas! I did this a few weeks ago – I put goats cheese and honey on mine but beware, they do sometimes collapse a bit in the oven! or
  7. Make some music – either use an instrument or write a song!
  8. Pick a board game to play. Or design your own board game!
  9. Build the tallest Lego tower you can! You can also make towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows – they fall over quite quickly!
  10. Relax and watch a film! Maybe even with popcorn?!
  11. Bake a cake – you could even have a fancy tea party at home.
  12. Call your friends for a catch up. You can even have a group video call with lots of your friends!

Today’s Home Learning

Start your day with a workout! If Joe Wicks isn’t really your thing, try something else – Samaris sent me a photo of her and her brother doing some yoga!

Maths Quiz

20 ÷ 2 =

15 ÷ 5 =

18 ÷ 2 =

70 ÷ 10 =

20 ÷ 5 =

10 ÷ 2 =

25 ÷ 5 =

45 ÷ 5 =

80 ÷ 10 =

I was amazed at your answers to the Maths challenge. Here are some of your explanations! Thank you Oscar, Amelia and Danielius!


Miss Baharouni wrote a short play but got her apostrophes all muddled up (silly Miss Baharouni!). She also couldn’t remember her contractions (even sillier!). In your best handwriting, can you rewrite the short play and correct all the mistakes? If you see a long form like ‘would not’ or ‘he is’, make sure you make it into a contraction.

Martha: Thats my best friends bike. Give it back please!

Ruben: No I wont. I would not give it back if you paid me!

Martha: Youre making an unkind choice. Why cant you just do the right thing?

Ruben: I wanted to give it to my friend Sam. Sams motorbike has broken and he is sad.

Martha: I will help you fix it but you shouldnt steal this bike.

Ruben: Ok lets try and sort this out together!


Have a go at this page about working out change. You will need an adult to help you! Remember to use all the subtraction skills we have learnt – you might need to exchange tens using your place value chart.

Then, complete this activity sheet on finding change. Remember if you struggle to print it out, write the answers in your book. Take the challenge of showing more than one way to make the amount using different coins!

Reading and Spelling

Read a book on Bug Club and answer the questions! Then, choose any book you would like from home and read it with an adult. For some relaxing quiet time you can listen to one of these poems too:

Then, tell your adults about how our spelling bee works! You need to say the word, spell the word, check the word. Your adult can check if you get it right. Any that you get wrong will need to be written out again… five times in your home learning book! This is your last practice before tomorrow – instead of our spelling test I have created a fun competition which Miss Malanaphy has already done! More information tomorrow!

Here are the words again in case you’ve forgotten:

station, fiction, motion, national, section, action, potion, multiplication, addition, subtraction

After all that, make sure you choose something fun and relaxing to do! It’s so important to look after yourself and make sure you are happy.

Have a lovely day. Miss McIntyre xxx

Home Learning Wednesday 25th March

Hi Sycamores! Hope you are all staying safe and well. I am so lucky to have a garden where I live so I have had a chance to make the most of the sunshine. Even when I’m not in the garden it’s lovely to look out of the window and see a blue sky!

In an exciting update for our topic project this week, Martha’s grandad who used to fly Boeing 747s has really kindly offered to answer any questions you have about his job as a pilot or the planes he flew. If you’d like to ask a question, email me today and I will pass your messages on to Martha’s family!

Here’s your learning for today. Remember to start off with getting your exercise for the morning with Joe Wicks!

Morning Maths Quiz

This morning we are practising our division facts for our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Remember to use your counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to help you.

10 ÷ 2 =

14 ÷ 2 =

18 ÷ 2 =

30 ÷ 10 =

60 ÷ 10 =

10 ÷ 10 =

15 ÷ 5 =

35 ÷ 5 =

5 ÷ 5 =

CHALLENGE: It is impossible to divide by zero. Why? Can you explain what you think and send your ideas to Miss McIntyre?


Watch the video and complete the activities to help you understand how to make an amount of money using different coins.

Look at coins with a value of 1 penny, 2 pence, 5 pence, 10 pence and 20 pence.

How could we make ten pence using these coins? How could we make twenty pence?

Log in to MyMaths and complete the task ‘Using coins’. This will help you to understand how different coins can be used to make the same amount!


This week you have been practicing using apostrophes for contractions and possession. Can you write a short, silly story and underline where you’ve used them? Here is our example:

One day, a crazy cat walked to her friend’s shop. “Don’t come in here without wiping your paws! It’s so muddy outside!” shouted the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper was a gigantic, pink elephant who wore a magnificent bow. “I’ll get the dirt off quickly!” replied the cat. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t get clean. “You’re a right mucky pup!” laughed her enemy, Mr Doggie, as he strutted past.

Bonus points if you can include any of our spelling words in your silly story!

Story I’ll be reading the next few chapters of Fing by David Walliams at 12:30 today. Sorry about yesterday’s video quality! Fingers crossed the next chapters come out better! Here is Oscar’s picture of the Fing:


Here’s another reminder of our topic project for this week.

  1. Unscramble the plane anagrams with an adult – Planes
  2. Make a paper plane and see how far it flies before landing. What modifications can you make to the plane to make it go further? Does it need larger wings? A pointier nose? Write up your findings and email them into ‘‘ and I’ll see if I can pull all of our findings together in an attempt to create the perfect paper plane!
  3. Research the Boeing 747 passenger jet (there are some starter questions in the anagrams worksheet). Write up a fact file in your home learning book.

Check out how Violeta has presented her findings from her paper plane experiment! What a great idea to use a table!

Reading and Spelling

Each week at school we do one reading comprehension activity. Here is this week’s. Read each question carefully before you start reading the text – then you can underline or note down important pieces of information which will help you to answer the questions.

This week’s comprehension is all about the history of flight. Perhaps this will inspire you for your topic project!

Your spelling wordsearch for this week is here. Remember our ten spelling words for this week: action, potion, national, section, fiction, motion, station, addition, subtraction, multiplication

Hopefully this very special message from Miss Boyle will put a smile on your face too!

Have a lovely day,

Miss McIntyre xx

Week 1 Day 2

Good morning Sycamores! I hope you enjoyed your day yesterday. Thank you so much to all of you who sent me emails! It was so lovely to hear from you and see what you were getting up to. Here is your home learning for today.

Remember to start your day off with a healthy breakfast and then get some exercise with the Joe Wicks daily PE! I will be working at home today so I will be joining in from my living room. I’m not sure my pet cat (who is an old lady) will enjoy it too much…

The times below are just an idea of how to structure your day. Do what works for you.

9:15 Morning Maths Quiz

2 x 2 =

4 x 2 =

7 x 2 =

3 x 5 =

1 x 5 =

8 x 5 =

4 x 10 =

10 x 8 =

6 x 10 =

3 x 3 =

Remember to draw arrays to show your groups (with rows and columns) if you need to work it out.

9:30 Maths:

Look at these coins and notes. Describe the size, shape and colour.

What value does each coin have? What value does each note have?

Using this worksheet, put these coins and notes in order from least value (smallest) to greatest value (biggest).

10:00 English:

Practice your possessive apostrophes by completing this worksheet. You can choose your own level of challenge (one star, two star or three star). When you’ve finished, can you think of another three examples in your house or from school? For example, I could write:

Miss McIntyre’s spiky, green cactus was next to the television.

The cat’s bowl is under the table.

11:00 Creative time! Here’s a reminder of our topic project for this week:

  1. Unscramble the plane anagrams with an adult – Planes
  2. Make a paper plane and see how far it flies before landing. What modifications can you make to the plane to make it go further? Does it need larger wings? A pointier nose? Write up your findings and email them into ‘‘ and I’ll see if I can pull all of our findings together in an attempt to create the perfect paper plane!
  3. Research the Boeing 747 passenger jet (there are some starter questions in the anagrams worksheet). Write up a factfile in your home learning book.

12:00 Lunch. Remember Miss McIntyre will be reading a story at 12:30! Check out Martha’s picture of the Fing!

1:30 Reading and Spelling

Choose a book to read on your own on Bug Club. Then, independently answer the questions.

Next, choose a book from home to read with an adult! Storyline Online has some lovely books read aloud as well.

The next five words we are learning this week are action, potion, multiplication, addition, subtraction. The last three words will help us with our Maths work too! Write each word in a sentence – try to make one of your sentences a question sentence!

You can also draw a picture of each word to help you remember what they mean – for example, a sparkly, magical potion bottle!

2:30 Computing (this won’t be marked, this is just for you to complete if you would like to!)

Practise your coding with the tick tock clock challenge:

Have a go and see how much you can do!

Get some fresh air if you can and stay safe! Miss McIntyre xx