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Thursday, 2nd April

Good Morning Year 2,

Here are your activities for today …



Go onto the Phonics Play website. You can access this on a tablet using the address         username: march20   password: home

Click on phase 5 on the menu that appears at the left hand side of the screen. Practice phonemes and tricky words using ‘phonics flashcards speed trial’ and ‘tricky word trucks’. Then, play the ‘Tumbling Tumbleweed’ game in the phase 6 section.

Please see the 5 common exception words below for you to practice reading, writing and putting into a sentence.

Your words for today are: sure, Mr, child, beautiful, sugar.  



Read the riddle below:

I am an animal.

I am really tall.

I have a long neck.

I have brown spots.

I like to eat green leaves.

What am I?

 Today you will be using your adjective skills to write some of your own riddles. Riddles give us clues about something so that we can guess what they are describing. Riddles normally include lots of adjectives.

First, work with an adult to create a riddle about an elephant. This will help you get the hang of how to write them.

Then, write some of your own riddles independently and see if your mum or dad can guess what you were describing. Your riddles can be about anything you want. Here are some ideas: animals, shapes, objects around your house, objects outside, vehicles, toys, food.



Warm up – 

Practise counting 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  

Recall number bonds to 20. You could do this as a quick recall or play the following game. Write the numbers 0-20 on pieces of paper (you will need 2 number 10 cards) – Make sure your numbers are the correct way around! Then, ask someone in your house to hide all of the numbers for you. Once they are all hidden you can go and search for them and then put them in their number bond pairs. How quickly can you do it?


Main Activity –

Today you will be continuing to add 2 2 digit numbers together but you will be trying to do these calculations mentally.

Parents – Your child will probably need a fair amount of support from you in order for them to understand how to approach these additions mentally. Please see the following explanation of how to approach todays activity. Imagine this is the sum - 43 + 25.

Always remind your child to start with the biggest number.

Tell them to put 43 in their head and add the 20 / 2 tens. Make sure they understand where 20 has come from (it has come from the number 25). Please do not tell them to simply add 2 to the first number. This does not help their understanding and will lead them to problems further down the line. They must understand that they are adding tens just like they were doing in their lesson a few days ago.

Once they have figured out that 43+20=63 they then need to simply add the 5.

63+5=68. Once they have got the answer encourage them to draw base ten to check their answers. It is really important for them to get into the habit of checking their answers.

We hope this explanation helps you to help them 😊

I have attached a worksheet but if your child is struggling please do not feel that they need to complete the worksheet. Working through sums on a 1:1 with you will be much more beneficial to them.



In our science lessons in school we have been investigating which season gets the most rain. So far we have measured how much rain fell in 1 week of autumn and 1 week of winter. The children were really enjoying this investigation at school and it would be a shame not to complete it. So here comes your task for today…

Make a rain gauge just like we did in school. Parents – I have attached some instructions for you to have a look at however it would be a lovely opportunity for your child to share their knowledge of what they have learnt if you let them show you how to make a rain gauge.

Remember to think carefully about a good location to put your rain gauge in.

You will need to keep a record of how much rain falls each week. Make yourself a table where you can record the date and the amount of rain that has fallen. We look forward to hearing about your findings when we return to school!

This activity probably won’t take a full hour so here are a couple of ideas for other science activities you could be doing. Research different types of weather and make a poster/picture. You could research the different seasons and create an information booklet or a piece of art work.



Miss C and Mrs P