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08 Feb 2021

Hello Giants,

I hope you and your grown-ups have all had a lovely, relaxing holiday. And of course, I hope you've had lots of fun too! I'm really excited to see you all back at school and can't wait to see your big smiles on Zoom :)

We are starting some new stuff this week that I think you will enjoy. In English, we are doing one of my FAVOURITE poems called 'The Magic Box', which we'll have lots of fun exploring and then using our imaginations to create our own. And we're doing Shape in Maths - it starts off nice and easy to break you back in this week, looking at 2D shapes and revising what we've learned in Year 1.

Happy learning!

Love Miss Daniel and Miss Richardson laugh


Reading/Phonics (updated)

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

Read Longer Words - Read Write Inc - The next step from Set 3, applying our knowledge of sounds to work out longer words.

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.

Phase 6 Spelling Rules - PhonicsPlay - These games allow practice of the more complex spelling rules for Year 2, and are the next step from the Alternative Spellings work. You can go through these games at your own pace. 


English: Poetry

I am very excited to be starting our poetry unit. We're beginning with 2 weeks on my favourite poem - The Magic Box by Kit Wright. This week, we'll be delving into our comprehension work to explore what the poem tells us about the author, before having fun learning about poetic features to help us get itdeas for own own versions next week!

Task 1 (Monday) -  LO: To identify the important themes in The Magic Box
Zoom teaching input Monday 9:30am. Today, we will read the poem 'The Magic Box' and have lots of discussion on Zoom to figure out what the poem is about - is there really a box, or is it in our imaginations? We'll learn what a 'theme' is and see what different themes we can find running through the poem.     Lesson 1 -  Magic Box Themes    Themes Worksheet

Task 2 (Tuesday) -  LO: To infer information from The Magic Box
Zoom teaching input Tuesday 9:30am. In this lesson, we will look at what Kit Wright speaks about in the poem and dive deeper to try and figure out what this tells us about him as a person. We'll look for clues to figure out what kind of thing he enjoys, what is important to him, and why he has put these things into his 'box'. We'll then create a table of what we know about him, and what the evidence (clue) from the poem is - like we did for Tuffy!    Lesson 2 - Magic Box Inference      Clues About Kit Wright - Table

Task 3 (Wednesday) -  LO: To explain what The Magic Box tells us about Kit Wright
No Zoom input for this lesson (as Tuesday 2:45pm is Worship). When I mark Tuesday's work, I will collate all of our ideas about Kit Wright onto one 'Class Ideas' document so we can share what we have found out. Then on Wednesday, our task will be to write a short paragraph explaining what The Magic Box tells us about Kit Wright, using the word 'because' to back up our ideas with evidence.       Lesson 3 - What Does The Magic Box Tell Us About Kit Wright?     Class Ideas (link now active with all the children's fantastic ideas!)

Task 4 (Thursday) -  LO: To know and use noun phrases
Zoom teaching input Thursday 9:30am. Today, we will learn what a noun phrase is and explore how we can pair adjectives with nouns to add more interest to our ideas. We'll think of some things we might put in our own 'magic boxes' and practise choosing exciting noun phrases to describe them.     Lesson 4 - Noun Phrases     

Task 5 (Friday) -  LO: To know and use alliteration
No Zoom input for this lesson. We will have a bit of fun in this lesson! Look through the lesson slides to learn what 'alliteration' is and practise reading some examples. Alliteration is a good way to make a poem sound nice when you read it aloud. When you've got the idea, have a go at creating some alliteration of your own!     Lesson 5 - Alliteration  

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

a) Use the 'Sentence a Day' writing prompts to practise writing noun phrases based upon a picture, e.g. the first one could be 'A huge, beautiful castle sitting on a tall hill'.

b) Play the 'Fill The Gaps' Alliteration game on BBC Bitesize. It's aimed at KS2 but we can do it! :)

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


Maths – Shape

For the start of this half term, we are moving onto a new unit on Shape. This week, we'll revise what we've learned so far about 2D/3D shapes and learn some new vocabulary such as 'vertices', which we will apply when exploring 2D shapes. This will get us nice and confident ready to move onto more complex ideas about 3D shapes next week.

Task 1 (Monday) - LO: To recognise 2D and 3D shapes

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

Key Learning/Tips
- It's useful to discuss prefixes here to help children remember some of the names:
- Tri = 3, link to triceratops, tricycle, tripod etc.
- Pent = 5, you could link to 'pentathlons' with 5 events in Olympics. 
- Hex = 6, a good way to remember is both 'hex' and 'six' have an X sound in them.
- When discussing odd ones out, encourage children to be more specific than 'it looks different'. Get them to think about what kind of edges they can see, and to use the terms 2D and 3D. 

Task 2 (Tuesday) - LO: To count sides on 2D shapes

Zoom teaching input Tuesday 11:00           Video      Worksheet      Answers     
We'll go over the key concepts on Zoom but the White Rose video will still be useful to watch for extra depth. 

Key Learning/Tips
- It's important here to remember that we can have regular (sides/angles all same size) or irregular shapes, e.g. a pentagon is ANY shape with 5 straight sides and 5 corners. It doesn't have to look like a 'normal' pentagon. The same applies to triangles and hexagons.
- However, a square MUST have all sides the same length and a rectangle MUST have a pair of long sides and a pair of short sides.
- When identifying shapes, get children used to counting the sides/corners, not just guessing by sight. This will help them to handle irregular shapes when they come up.
- Encourage children to mark the sides as they are counting to avoid repeat counting the same feature. 


Task 3 (Wednesday) - LO: To count vertices on 2D shapes
No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- 'Vertices' is a posh word for corners! One corner is called a 'vertex'.
- Be careful when counting vertices - we must count the ones on the inside too, not just the ones that 'stick out', e.g. on a star shape, you don't just count the points of the star, but also the corners going in and out at the centre. 
- Encourage children to mark the vertices as they are counting to avoid repeat counting the same feature. 


Task 4 (Thursday) - LO: To draw 2D shapes
No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Remember, the only way you can change a square is by size! If you make it longer, it would be a rectangle. 
- Remember that you can use irregular shapes too - a hexagon is any shape with 6 straight sides!
- There's more answers for Q7 than you think, basically any shape with more than 3 sides!
- For Q9, it's helpful to read all the instructions before you start, so you know how much space to leave in/out of your rectangle.


Task 5 (Friday) - LO: To identify and draw lines of symmetry
Zoom teaching input Friday 9:30am.     Video    Worksheet      Answers
We'll go over the key concepts on Zoom but the White Rose video will still be useful to watch for extra depth. 

Key Learning/Tips
- It's important to point out that, although this lesson focuses on vertical lines of symmetry, shapes can have other lines of symmetry too.
- We encourage children to simultaneously trace each side of the symmetry line with their fingers, so they can physically see if they follow the same pattern/size/direction. 

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

a) Have a go at the 2D shape guessing game on this PowerPoint. Can you create some clues of your own?

b) Enjoy these 2D Shape Colouring Sheets. Could you then create your own picture out of just 2D shapes? Maybe an alien or a castle!

c) Play these interactive games to practise your skills:
    - Geoboard: Play with the elastic bands to make different shapes with the same number of sides.
    - 2D Shape Sorting (Carroll Diagram): Sort the shape into the correct row and column *Challenging*
    - Symmetry Matching: Match the shape or pattern to its other symmetrical half.

d) 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 22.2.21         Parents' Guide to Methods 


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