Here is a timetable that you may find useful to use at home to support learning at home while the children are unable to attend school. Thank you all for your support.
Desert Island Project
The children may also enjoy completing some topic work on an imaginary desert island. Here are some ideas to get you started on this project:
- Make a map with symbols and a key.
- Write instructions for finding some treasure.
- Choose 10 items to have your desert island. Give a clear explanation why you chose each one of them.
- Write a letter to ask for help and put it in a bottle.
- Write a story about one of your adventures on the desert island.
- Draw a picture of a newly discovered plant/animal. Write a description.
- Complete an experiment to investigate floating and sinking.
- Make a boat/raft. Investigate whether it floats.
- Make a model of your desert island.
- Create a game using no more than five pieces of equipment.
- Write a diary about your time on the island.
Available from https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/
White Rose Maths
White Rose Maths is a great resource for maths learning at home going forward. There are daily maths activities available on White Rose Maths which have ben made available to download. See whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2
If there is a need to recap previous learning, or the above resources are initially too challenging, please follow resources from the following link:
A mixed Y1/Y2 maths pack focussing on work from week 1 and 2 can be collected from school tomorrow if you are unable to access these activities from home.
On Monday 11th May, Year 2 will commence a new topic called 'Armchair Explorers'. A topic map and related resources have been uploaded below.
Key Learning and Weblinks
Please, please, please keep reading with your child. Read to them as much as you can - it is so important. They may want to listen to someone else reading a story too. These sites also have free e-books and activities to help with phonics. Completing a book review each week, either on paper or on Purple Mash is a great way of developing children's writing skills. It would be great if children could share some of the books they have discovered when they are able return to school.
Reading eggsReading eggs are offering a 2 week free subscription to parents. Lots of activities, quizzes and e-books based on phonics. Once subscribed [no school code needed just leave that bit blank], just fill in your child's information and go to 'my program' in the corner. They will do a short assessment of your child and then find suitable activities/ phonic books.
BooktrustThere are classic children's stories that we think you and your family will love, including Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd to Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson, along with newer favourites such as Chris Haughton's Oh No, George! and Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall. You can also watch Storytime videos from the likes of Ore Oduba, Adam Buxton, Fearne Cotton and many more. And that's not all: below, we also have free, fun kids' games to enjoy online. Whether you want some number games, puzzle games, colouring or the Shape Game, you'll find lots of interactive activities to try. Have fun!
Oxford OwlFor a limited period, while the UK schools are closed, they are temporarily adding hundreds more free eBooks to the library so your child has more to read. As well as much-loved characters such as Biff, Chip and Kipper and Winnie the Witch, you’ll also find some great non-fiction eBooks to help your child explore their world. We have also added some books used in schools, such as Read Write Inc., Oxford Reading Tree, and Project X Alien Adventures. All their eBooks are free to use, but you will need to register or log in to read your book. Please note, their eBooks are not optimised for mobile phones and are best viewed on a computer, laptop, or tablet.
New Phonics playA super website which we use lots in school. It has been updated recently and includes amazing games, resources, practical ideas to help your child to read. The children will be familiar with lots of the activities. It's free and should work on your mobile phone.
As well as reading, try to keep the maths going too. There's plenty of maths lessons avilable on these sites:
Classroom secretsEach pack contains all you’ll need to ensure your children continue to learn during the school closures. Each year group pack includes: weekly home learning resources, weekly guidance and answers practical ideas kit and a letter to Parents
White Rose mathsThe White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. They will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
In response to Covid 1, The Government, with the help of teachers has compiled a series of lessons led by real teachers and very easy to access [even on a mobile phone]. If you feel at any point you are just too overwhelmed to use the resources above, then please give the website below a try. We are also happy for you to contact us if you need anything [including emotional or practical support, resources, advice or just a chat]
Oak National academy'Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. Our online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects. All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. We’ll provide new lessons and resources each week. Follow your school’s advice. They may have their own plans already in place. They’ll be free to suggest if and how this online classroom is used, perhaps alongside any existing work. Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize to offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully reopen. Oak National Academy was built at speed; at present our resources are for pupils who usually access their schools’ curriculum in mainstream education, from reception through to year 10, without significant support or adaptation. We’re currently working on providing support for teachers working with pupils with additional needs, and teachers based in specialist settings. Next week we hope to launch materials for pupils not able to access all aspects of our current offer.'
Purple mashWell done to all those children who have been on the purple mash site. I have loved looking at your paintings, listening to your music and reading your e-mails. I have set some new 2do's on there or feel free to have a go at any of the other activities.
VE Day & Armchair Explorers
As you may already be aware, we are about to commence a whole-school topic focussing on the 75th Anniversary celebrations of VE day. Here is an overview of how the term is shaping up.
Week 1 (20th-24th April): VE Day - Topic Engagement
Week 2 (27th April -1st May): VE Day Topic
Week 3 (4th May-9th May): VE Day Topic
Week 4 (11th May-15th May): Armchair Explorers
Week 5 (18th May-22nd May): Armchair Explorers
Here are some ideas for Week 1 to support children's initial engagement with the topic.
- What is VE Day and why is it celebrated?
- Discuss and record ideas about all the people who help us. This could be done by making a booklet with 4-8 pages with space for pictures and writing.
- Design a stamp or a coin for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
- Plan a party menu for the anniversary celebrations.
- Try growing your own food for the party (e.g. cress for egg and cress sandwiches, vegetables).
- Design a poster for a street party
- Maps: Trace a map of the United Kingdom, label countries and capital cities. Look at a modern-day map of Europe, how many European countries can your correctly identify?
- Colour or paint the Union Flag.
- Design and make party hats.
- Research and play games that would have been played 75 years ago e.g. marbles, skipping etc.
- If you are up for a family mathematical challenge, this challenge is sure to get you all thinking: 'Sitting Round the Party Tables'.
This resource looks at the Easter story and includes some R.E enquiry questions to explore.
Here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices going over Easter. Remember you can email photos of your own crafts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic homework provides further opportunities to get creative and learn about our topics throughout the year. Our Current topic is 'What do plants need to grow and stay healthy?'
It would be great if some of you could plant a seed at home and record any changes in a diary (either on paper or on Purple Mash).
We are planning to complete lots of our home learning work on the Purple Mash website. There is lost of activities on the site to support our current topic 'What do plants need to grow and stay healthy?' Please login in regularly to check for any '2Dos' set by Mr Blake. Make sure you also check back for any comments which may have been added to work which has been handed in.
There is a great opportunity for children to complete a project in an area that is of a particular interest to them during their time away from school. Such a project would require children to research their chosen area and write about what they found out. Model-making and artwork would further engage the children in their chosen area of study.
It was great receiving a photograph of Leo last week enjoying finding out more about the topic 'Space'.
Could you do some artwork at home on the theme 'Spring'. It would be good to show off your artwork on the 'Home Learning in Y2' webpage.
Here are some maths resources you may find useful. It may be possible to complete some of the challenges even if you don't have a printer at home.
Each child should have received an exercise book as part of their home learning pacl. There are plenty opporutinities for children to continue to develop their writing at home. Here is a list of some possible ideas:
Below are some book review templates which you may find useful. Book reviews and related writing tasks can also be completed on Purple Mash. This includes '2Dos' set on Thursday 2nd April.
Year 2 children use a personal login to access spelling and grammar activities on the SPaG.com website. Completing set activities on this website will support the children in their progress towards the expected Year 2 standard.
All the children now have login details for the Spelling Shed website. Engaging well with this website while the children are unable to attend school will help them to continue to make progress through spelling lists at the appropriate level.
Please also spend time developing your confidence with the spelling contained on uploaded files below.
Fischy Music is a resource that we have recently purchased at school. These are ways the children can keep singing with the fischy team over the coming weeks.
1. Check out fischytunes fischytunes.com
The children select songs related to their selected emoji/feeling when they enter the website.
2. Subscribe and join us live on YouTube, Mondays 11AM for a live streamed assembly! youtube.com/fischymusic
3. If your child would like to sing some of the songs we have started using in collective worship at home, they can login to the fischy website using our school login. There are plenty of new songs to learn too!
This is a list of other websites that you may find helpful in supporting your child's learning at home.
- Fischy Assembly - Tune in on a Monday at 11am for a streamed assembly from the Fischy Team!
- Fischy Music - Sing the songs we are learning in Collective Worship. There are also some new ones to learn. Login Details: Username Eckington Password (ECKINGTON!)
- Picture News - A weekly assembly from the picture news team.
- Classroom Secrets - Free home learning packs have been made available on this website.
- Twinkl - Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS for free home learning resources.
- TTS - Free activity packs available to download.
- KS1 English Bitesize -A website that focusses on key aspects on the KS1 English curriculum. There are lots of engaging clips and activities to help develop children's confidence in this subject.
- Phonics Play -All games on this website have been made available for free and will help children to develop and secure their phonic and spelling knowledge.
- Phonics Bloom - A further site with lots of fantastic phonics games to play.
- Oxford Owl - A fantastic website which includes a selection of e-books (age/reading level) and activities. Register for free.
- KS1 Maths Bitesize - A fun and interactive website which helps children to develop and embed their understanding of the KS1 maths curriculum.
- The Maths Factor - The maths factor created by Carol Vorderman has now be made available for free.
- Save the Whale Number Bonds - A fun game to help develop greater recall of number bonds.
- Duck Shoot Multiples - A fair ground style game to develop confidence with times tables (2s, 10s, 5s & 3s for Y2)
- KS1 Science Bitesize - A brilliant website to develop knowledge understanding of key aspects of the KS1 science curriculum.
- Out of the Ark - A range of songs to learn at home using this resource from Out of the Ark (the company we use for our KS1 nativity plays).
- Fischy Tunes - A website delveloped by Fischy Music. Children reflect on their feelings by selecting an emoji before learning a song.
- PE with Joe Wicks - A half an hour P.E. lesson at the start of the day to get you up, moving and feeling fit.
- Young Leaders Award - Free resources for both KS1 and KS2 with an emphasis on making a difference.