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Home-School Work (w.c. 6.7.20)

29 Jun 2020

Hi Giants,

I can't believe that it's July already - where has this year gone?! I'm so proud of everything you've achieved in Year 2, both during our time in school and everything you've been doing at home. You are all superstars.

I am SO excited to see some of you at our marquee session this week! We have some really nice things planned for you and I can't wait for us to be able to spend a bit of time together again. Obviously you'll have a little less time at home than normal, so don't worry if you don't get through all of your activities. We also have a fun SPORTS WEEK planned for PE this week, as normally we'd be dong Sports Day! Hopefully the sun will come out for all of these things.

Have a fab week and keep smiling.

Love Miss Daniel



1. Learning Objective: To have fun planning my work! :)
Think about the 'Through The Keyhole' activities we've done before, e.g. Santa's Workshop. These week, we are going to create our own version of 'Through The Keyhole' for the Giants' classroom as a nice way to think about our memories of the class before lockdown. Your first task is to copy, trace or print this Keyhole Template and then draw a picture of what you would see if you peeked through the keyhole on a brilliant day in the Giants' classroom. It could be on a normal day, or while we were doing your favourite lesson! Remember, the more detail you put on, the better it will be - so keep your pictures nice and small so you can fit lots in!

Ideas:   Friends doing different things, grown-ups, work on the walls, books, toys, games, activities on the table, music from the computer.....

When you've finished, label your picture with the best adjectives you can think of to describe the things you've drawn. Remember to put a comma between more than one adjective.

Ideas:   Sharp, pointy pencils...  Excited, smiling children...   Enchanting, interesting books...   Pesky, tricky spellings...

2. Learning Objective: To learn some new sentence types

Now you have some ideas for adjectives, we are going to learn even more ways to make our work more interesting. It would be really boring if we always used the same type of sentence, so we are going to learn lots of different sentence types that you can mix up in your writing to make it more exciting! Work through the slides below and practise putting your ideas into the different types of sentence. You will already know some of them, and others will be new. You don't need to write anything down yet, just practise saying them out loud! 

Different Sentence Types

3. Learning Objective: To write a descriptive piece using sentence types for effect
Your final challenge is to write about what you could see if you peeped through the keyhole into the Giants' classroom during the year. Use your picture and remember your practice sentences to help you! This piece of work puts together nearly all of the things that we have learnt in writing this year and will compare really nicely to the one we did at Christmas - it will be a great way to see how far you have come and how well you have done, so make sure you put 100% into this one :) 

I'm not going to give examples or writing targets for this one - it's your chance to shine and show your own creativity! You know lots of extra things to make your work amazing (e.g. paragraphs, adverbs) and lots of ways to check your own work (e.g. capital letter checks), so remember as much as you can to make something you're proud of. And don't forget to send me them as I would love to read these smiley

4. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Use your ideas to produce a 'Beginner's Guide to Giants' Classroom' for the Year 1s who are coming up next year. You might want to tell them where they can find things, what exciting things we have, or anything else you think is important!
- Design and write about your own 'dream' classroom from a fantasy world. If you could have anything you like, what would you have? This is a fun task so go as crazy as you like - rainbow glittery walls, a slide into the playground, a never-ending drawer of chocolate under Miss Daniel's desk... Enjoy! :)

Maths – Measure
If you would like any additional input or activities for these Maths sessions, the content on the BBC Bitesize home learning website now matches up perfectly with the White Rose learning objectives (Monday on Bitesize is Lesson 1, Tuesday is Lesson 2, etc). 

 Learning Objective: To measure in litres     (new learning)
Video (Lesson 1)     Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- 1000ml = 1 Litre. We used litres when we are measuring a larger volume.
- A 2L bottle of fizzy drink is a good reference point: a litre is half of this.
- For Q5, a good method is to make the tens (30) from the 5Ls then make the ones (6) from the 2Ls. 

2. Learning Objective: To measure temperature in degrees Celsius    (covered in Weather theme work)
Video (Lesson 2)     Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Temperature is how hot or cold something is. 
- There are two types of 'degrees' - Farenheit and Celsius. We use Celsius as this is what you normally see on weather forecasts.
- An easy way to work out 'how many colder' is to work out the difference by counting up from the lower value to the higher.

3. Learning Objective: To tell the time to o'clock and half past     (old learning)
Video (Lesson 3)    Worksheet    Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Always check the minute hand first to decide if it's o'clock or half past.
- You don't need to worry about the numbers for the minute hand, just the position on the clock.
- If the minute hand is at the top (the 12), we say 'o'clock' because it hasn't moved yet. It's counted 0 minutes (remember that the O in o'clock looks like a zero)
- If the minute hand is at the bottom (the 6), it has gone half way round the clock so we say 'half past'.
- Remember, when it's a "past" time you see what the hour hand has gone PAST when you read the hour hand.

4. Learning Objective: To tell the time to quarter past and quarter to      (old learning)
Video (Lesson 4)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Remember, the right hand side of the clock are 'past' times and the left are 'to' times.
- We call it quarter past when it points to the 3 as the minute hand is a quarter of the way round the clock.
- Once we pass halfway, we start getting excited and counting down TO the next hour.
- Remember, when it's a 'to' time, you see what the hour hand is going TO when you read the hour hand.
- For Q5, it's okay if the children want to draw the numerals on to help them :)

5. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Use these games to practise reading clocks and telling the time:

Hickory Dickory Clock         Telling the Time in Words          Matching the Time to a Digital Time (beyond Year 2 level)

- Make a visual timetable for a day of home-learning (Time v Activity) by drawing the clocks to show times that you do things at.

- Record the temperature every day for a week. Use your data to create a graph of Day v Temperature.

- Solve a set of questions from our Fluency list (choose Red, Amber, Green or GO - or more if you want!)

Fluency 6.7.20 (2 new slides)         Parents' Guide to Methods  


Science: Making Links

Learning Objective: To say which materials are best for running on
Since it's 'Sports Week' this week, we are going to do some sports-themed Science to help us understand how we can get our best speeds in running and racing! Have a go at the investigation below to see which surfaces help you to run the fastest. You may want to do this out of the house, e.g. in a park, so you have a bit more space!

Which Surfaces Are Best For Running?

Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Ask other people in your family to try the experiment - do they get the same results?
- Have a go at your experiment with a different variable, e.g. changing your footwear or doing the same surface in different weathers. Does it make a difference?
- Learn more about friction and resistance by testing toy cars on different surfaces in the house.
- Look at different surfaces used for sports, e.g. tennis court, football pitches, athletics track and discuss why you think they chose that material for the suface (e.g. Do balls need to bounce? Should it be soft in case of falls?)

Theme (Geography): The UK

Learning Objective: To know some key human and physical landmarks of the UK
A landmark is a special feature of a place that you can easily recognise and it reminds you of that place. Use this link to learn more. The UK is full of different landmarks and you may know about some of them already! Landmarks can be two types:

Human Landmarks - Things that have been created by humans, e.g. buildings, statues
Physical Landmarks - Things that already existed in the natural world, e.g. mountains, rivers, beaches

Use the links below to explore the landmarks of the UK. Try to find at least one from each country of the UK! When you are done, use your new knowledge to create a 'landmark map of the UK' - here's some ideas of what it might look like. You'll need to either draw, trace or print a blank map of the UK, then draw on your landmarks in the correct locations. Don't forget to write their names on them too! You could use Google Maps to help you find out where they are - type their name into the search bar and it will show you where they are on the map in you zoom out a little (ask a grown-up for help if you are stuck). 

BBC Go Jetters! UK Landmarks - Videos about a famous landmark from each country
UK Landmarks Information Pages - Lots of photos and information about many landmarks!
British Landmarks Video - Photo slideshow video of landmarks

Optional Extra Activities: 
- Do a little bit of research about the landmarks on your map, then improve your map even more by adding on text boxes with a few interesting facts about each landmark.
- Make a leaflet for a landmark of your choice, telling people why they should come to visit it and how they can get there!


Learning Objective: To create a 'painting with scissors' collage in the style of Matisse
This week, we are looking at an artist called Henri MatisseYou can find out some information about him here and learn how his style of artwork changed over time. Later in Matisse's career, he created a style of artwork called 'painting with scissors'. This is where he creates an image by cutting out shapes from coloured paper and layering them to form a collage.

Can you create your own 'painting with scissors' collage? You can create an image of anything you like - it could be a landscape, an animal, an object or just an abstract pattern. The video below gives you some good tips on how to create different shapes.

Video: Cutting Matisse Style Shapes           Ideas for Matisse Collages



Learning Objective: To program my own computer game using 'when functions' (challenging but fun!)
Have a go at coding your own version of the Flappy Bird game on Code Studio by following this link. You will learn how to drag and drop different types of code into a workspace to create your game. It is a little tricky at first but nice and easy once you get the hang of it. Follow the levels in order from 1-10, make sure you watch the video at the start, and follow the instructions in the white box at the top carefully - they will tell you exactly what to do. When you're done, you can make your own version of the game from scratch!

You will be learning how to use when functions in a code - this is when you put in instructions to tell the computer what it needs to do WHEN something else happens, for example: WHEN the bird hits an obstacle, END THE GAME. You will need to drag and drop your instructions into the white workspace at the bottom and attach it to the correct 'when' statement - you'll be telling the bird what to do when it hits the floor, hits an obstacle or gets past an obstacle. When you've done it, press the 'Run' button on the left to play the game and test it. 

Have fun with this one, guys! There's loads more games on the Hour Of Code website if you want to try more :)

As we aren't able to have Sports Day this year, the wonderful Miss Daley has put together these Sports Day themed activities for everyone to have a go at at home! The 'Killinghall Sports Week' sheet below explains what each of the activities are:

KILLINGHALL SPORTS WEEK        Results Recording Sheet

Please send:

- Results to Miss Daley by Sunday 12th July
at the latest (her email address is on the recording sheet). If you aren't able to print the recording sheet, just send the scores in an email.

- Any photos you take to me :)

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