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English & Maths Remote Learning (w.c. 8/2/21)

01 Feb 2021

Hello Giants,

First of all, a huge WELL DONE! This is the last week of the half term which means you have survived a whole half term of learning from home. That is really, really tricky so we think you have all done an absolutely amazing job. We've got lots of fun learning for you this week, which we think you'll really enjoy. 

Keep those smiles up, remind yourself YOU CAN DO IT, and remember you have a nice week of relaxing ahead after this week. You deserve it, and so do your grown-ups!! :)

Have fun and we will see you after the holidays,

Love Miss Daniel and Miss Richardson laugh


Your  'Personalised Learning' email will specify your child's reading level, and which Phonics programme would be best for them to follow at home. If they are making it 

Use Oxford Owl to access reading books at your child's book band: 

Oxford Owl e-Book Library   (You will need to register for a free account)

Follow one of these programmes daily for Phonics learning:

Set 2 Lessons-  Read Write Inc - Features daily videos on a new sound.

Set 3 Sounds - Read Write Inc - Features daily videos on a new sound

Investigating Alternative Spellings - PhonicsPlay - Scroll down to Phase 5c and work through the 'Investigating Alternative Spellings' activities at your own pace. I'd recommend one activity per day e.g. a Phoneme Spotter one day, Word Sort the next day, Best Bet the next day. You can log in for free at the moment using the username and password on the PhonicsPlay homepage.


English: The Diary of a Killer Cat

This week, we are going to plan and write our own pet diaries, inspired by the story. We'll use all our knowledge of character development to create our own, distinct characters, then plan out what mischief they will write about in their diaries! ** Please note - this week, our Tuesday 2:45pm Zoom slot will be used for a Safer Internet Day discussion, so there will be no Zoom input for the Wednesday activity this week **

Task 1 (Monday) -  LO: To recognise the key features of a diary
Zoom teaching input Monday 9:30am. When we wrote our Samuel Pepys's diaries, we learned that diaries need to have the date and they might start with 'Dear Diary'. Today, we are going to extend this by learning what kind of language and ideas you normally see in diaries. When we are done, you can have some fun - pretend to be the teacher and mark one of the diary entries using the diary checklist at the end of the lesson slides!    Lesson 1 -  Key Features of a Diary    Pirate Diary (option 1)    Astronaut Diary (option 2)    Red Riding Hood Diary (option 3) 

Task 2 (Tuesday) -  LO: To create a new character with clear traits
Zoom teaching input Tuesday 9:30am. In this lesson, we will create our own new pet character to write their own diary! We'll think about what they look like, what their characteristics are and what their character voice is like! Then, we'll choose some good words to describe them.     Lesson 2 - Create a Character      Character Creation Template    Word Bank

Task 3 (Wednesday) -  LO: To plan a diary for a new pet
No Zoom input for this lesson due to Safer Internet Day on Tuesday afternoon. Today, we will think about our character and what kind of naughty things they might get up to in our own pet diary stories! Choose one of the storyboard templates and plan a sequence of events that your character will write about in their diary.       Lesson 3 - Diary Planning     Storyboard (4 Part)   Storyboard (6 Part)    Storyboard (8 Part) 

Task 4 (Thursday) -  LO: To write a diary for a new pet (Part 1)
Zoom teaching input Thursday 9:30am. Today, we will start writing our pet diaries! We will learn how to put all of the features we learned about on Monday into our writing, and practise writing an example together on Zoom. We only need to write the first half today, as we have tomorrow's lesson for this too. Remember - don't rush through pieces of writing, take your time and include lots of description to help us get those pictures in our heads :)    Lesson 4 -  Writing Our Diaries     

Task 5 (Friday) -  LO: To write a diary for a new pet (Part 2)
No Zoom input for this lesson. I thought that children might like some extra time to get their diaries done today. No specific lesson slides but they might want to recap yesterday's. When they upload their first section on Thursday, I will give them specific individualised feedback and 'next steps' to help them make their second section even better! I'll also post a list of general pointers and tips for the whole class here, based upon Thursday's work: Tips for the second part of diaries.

Extra Learning Tasks (optional if you finish any activities in the week)

a) Write a book review of 'The Diary of a Killer Cat'. 

b) Make your story into a bright, action packed comic strip

c) Play the Little Bird Spelling Game to practise your Year 2 Common Exception Word spellings. 


Maths – Statistics

These week we are carrying on with our data work. We'll learn how to interpret more challenging pictograms where the symbols represent 2, 5 or 10, then move onto creating our own block diagrams (the pre-cursor to bar charts in KS2). 

Task 1 (Monday) - LO: To draw pictograms in 2s, 5s and 10s

No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video      Worksheet      Answers  

Key Learning/Tips
- Get children into the habit of ALWAYS checking the key first before creating/reading a pictogram.
- If it's in 2s, count in 2s as you are drawing the symbols to keep on track. 
- To help children visualise the half symbols, imagine a pizza. If the symbol = 10, imagine cutting it into 10 slices. You can then show them how 5 slices would be the same as half of the pizza. 

Task 2 (Tuesday) - LO: To interpret pictograms in 2s, 5s, 10s (part 1)

Zoom teaching input Tuesday 11:00           [No video as Zoom lesson]     Worksheets     
Today on Zoom, we will learn how to read pictograms that are grouped in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will look at some of the most common questions you might get about them, and have a practice. After the Zoom, have a go at completing one or more of the worksheets. They get harder as they go along so just do as much as you are confident with :)

Key Learning/Tips
- Remember to check the key first! If it's 5s - count the symbols in 5s. If it's 10s, count the symbol in 10s, etc.
- It might be useful to work out what half of a symbol means BEFORE you start. 


Task 3 (Wednesday) - LO: To interpret pictograms in 2s, 5s, 10s (part 2)
No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Remember, for 'how many more', only count the EXTRAS - the easiest way is to cover up the ones which are the same.
- You could also find the difference by subtracting the smaller number from the bigger one.


Task 4 (Thursday) - LO: To draw and read block diagrams
No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- For block diagrams, we encourage children to try start using the axis at the side to read the number instead of counting the blocks, if they can. This prepares them for bar charts in KS2 when they have one solid bar rather than blocks.
- Lego bricks or building blocks are useful as a practical introduction to this (e.g. Q2b) but the blocks used must all be the same size. 
- When comparing data between two charts (e.g. Q3), I would always encourage the children to record the numbers at the side when they've worke them out. It then makes it much easier to compare!


Task 5 (Friday) - LO: To create our own block diagrams with labels
Zoom teaching input Friday 9:30am.     [No video as Zoom lesson]     Fairytales    Weather    Superheroes
Today on Zoom, we will learn how to put data onto a block diagram from scratch. We'll learn what needs to go on the axes and how to label them sensibly. When we are done, choose one of the activities above (whichever theme excites you more!) - count up the number of each object in the image at the top, then put the data you've collected onto the block diagram below. Then, add a title and label your axes. 

Challenge: You could make this activity more challenging by drawing the block diagram for your data onto a completely blank template or creating the block diagram absolutely from scratch on squared paper

Key Learning/Tips
- Remember, all block diagrams need a title to tell us what they are showing us.
- Each part of your graph (the lines across and down) is called an 'axis'. They need labels too - what are they showing us?
- Hint: the vertical (upwards) axis usually shows us the 'number of' something.

Extra Learning Tasks (optional if you finish any activities in the week!)

a) Use the blank templates to practise collecting data of your own at home. You could do a minibeast hunt, a traffic survey on your road, a daily weather survey... or anything else you choose!  Blank Tally Chart   Blank Pictogram   Blank Block Diagram

b) Play one of these interactive games to practise data handling: 
- Fishing: Catch some fish then answer questions about the pictogram showing your catches!
- Fruit Fall: Catch as much falling fruit as you can! Then answer questions about the block diagram.
- Tally Chart Game: Answer questions about the tally charts.

c) Solve a set of Fluency number sentences at a level you're confident with (choose Red, Amber, Green or GO - or more if you want!)     Fluency 8.2.21         Parents' Guide to Methods 


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