Home Learning Beginning Monday 20th April

Home Learning Beginning Monday 20th April

Dear Year 2,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break!

From today, the BBC have launched a new site: BBC Bitesize Daily. This site contains lots of online learning and lessons with a range of free activities for children to try in all age groups. All resources and lessons have been developed in collaboration with the Department of Education and other trusted education providers in order to provide curriculum led activities.  This is a fantastic resource and has lessons and resources for all curriculum areas. Why not give this a visit? You could keep a learning journal for all the new things which you have learnt and share this with us when you return to school. The link to this site is  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize.

Please find below some suggested home learning activities that are linked to our Year Two topics for this half term.  Please complete your learning packs first and then enjoy anything you like the look of from the list below:



  • Continue to write your daily diaries – remember that this could become part of history one day! Include some of the wonderful things you have been doing over the Easter break with your families at home. Remember to use your very best cursive script, a range of sentences types and the correct punctuation. This week see if you can challenge yourselves a little further by adding in a range of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Remember to read it back to an audience practicing your expression and fluency when you do this. 
  • Another fantastic resource to visit is the Literacy Shed https://www.literacyshedplus.com/browse/free-resources.
  • This has some great English resources and ideas based around stories and are all free to download. It also has some lovely reading comprehension activities for children to try. There are answer sheets provided too for you to use to help guide children with their learning. Why not take a look?
  • This week why not try reading some non-fiction text? After reading ask the children to write their very own fact files on the information recalled from the text.
  • Try out some Phonic style games. This site helps children out with phonic sounds and using these phonemes within spellings. Visit https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk. 
  • There are some great spelling games to try out and these help the children to recap on previous sounds they have been learning in school.
  • Our History Topic this half term is ‘Famous Queens’ focusing on the lives and accomplishments of Queen Elizabeth l, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth ll. Why not carry out some research and put this information into fact file?
  • Try writing a character description for a character of your choice. Remember to include lots of expanded noun phrases!
  • Please continue to read as many books as you can. Write a book review after. This is a great way of recalling what you have read and shows great understanding of the book. Remember to question the children whilst reading these books to check their understanding. 
  • Practise your handwriting every day for at least 20 minutes. Remember to use cursive script and where you can try joining your handwriting together.


  • Continue to practise your number facts and multiplication tables every day. You can practise these on the game hit the button. Each day record your score and see if you can beat this. Just type in the following link:  https://www.topmarks.co.uk.
  • Visit ‘White Rose Maths.’ They have a range of free worksheets and resources which links to the Year 2 Maths curriculum. This is the scheme we follow throughout our school. Our current topic is position and direction. Here is some guidance, support and resources when teaching this topic in Maths https://whiterosemaths.com.
  • Remember to keep practising telling the time- o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. Once you have mastered this remember to move on to telling the time to every five minutes.
  • Try challenging children by giving them some simple word problems to solve. This is a great way to challenge the children further. Encourage children to solve word problems which include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Try carrying out ‘number of the day.’ Give children a chosen number and see what facts they can come up with for this number. 


  • In RE children will be moving on to looking at Pentecost. There are some resources and activities to try on the following link. It also gives the children a short explanation for the meaning of Pentecost https://www.teacherplanet.com.
  • Why not take some time to reflect on your Lenten journey and write a short explanation as to how you stuck to your Lenten promises made at the start of Lent? Reflect on how this challenge was.
  • Discuss with the children that Jesus sent us the ‘Holy Spirit.’ Ask the children to list ways the Holy Spirit can help us when at home and at school. Add illustrations to your work.


  • Our science topic this half term is animals including humans. Visit the STEM web link for learning ideas around this topic It has some excellent questions which you could discuss together. https://www.stem.org.uk/resources.
  • Why not create your own life cycles? Try creating a life cycle of a frog, caterpillar and a human. Label your life cycles at each stage. After you have finished see if you can explain each life cycle to an audience.
  • Discuss the offspring of different animals for example- sheep-lamb, cow-calf, dog-puppy.



  • It is important to stay active. Take time each day to carry out some PE style activities.
  • 9.00am every morning, live on you tube, the Body Coach Joe Wicks is carrying out his PE lessons live across the nation. This is such a great way to start your day!
  • Why not finish your day with a yoga session from go noodle? This is a free resources and is great for relaxation after a busy day of learning!
  • Why not practise your throwing and catching skills?


  • Focus on your favourite continent and imagine you are on holiday there. Write a postcard home to a friend. You could even write a diary entry about all the wonderful places you would visit and the famous landmarks you may have spotted on your travels.
  • In Geography this half term, we will be focusing on the continent Australia. Why not get the children to research Australia in a little more detail? Look at the climate, population, currency, famous landmarks or any other interesting characteristics. Ask them to record this down into a fact file.

History : Famous Queens

  • Our History Topic this half term is ‘Famous Queens’ focusing on the lives and accomplishments of Queen Elizabeth l, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth ll. Why not carry out some research and put this information into fact file?
  • Ask children to name the three Queens of England and recall some facts which they have researched.

Art and Design/DT

  • This half term, we will be looking at creating pictures of a place in our local area and a place or landmark in Australia using a range of media (pencils, paints, chalk, crayons, charcoal). If you have a computer at home, ask the children to recreate a scenic picture using a paint package.
  • We would also be looking at creating printed pieces of art by pressing, rolling, rubbing and stamping.


  • Whatever your chosen instrument is, continue to practise regularly. 
  • If you do not play an instrument, listen to a range of music, both live and recorded, and enjoy and appreciate it. 
  • Try out any of these five musical ideas https://www.bbc.co.uk
  • Try going on a sound hunt. Write down all the different sounds you can hear around the home.  Discuss the different sounds and introduce the word ‘pitch.’



  • Continue practising and recapping simple Spanish phrases.
  • Colours.
  • Food items.
  • Try counting to 30.
  • Why not try playing bingo in Spanish or writing a simple shopping list?



  • Continue to practise using scratch –https://scratch.mit.edu
  • Type up your diaries, fact files and book reviews practising your keyboard skills
  • Recreate your art work using a painting package.
  • Research any of the above areas in more detail.



  • This half term we will be looking at rights and responsibilities. Ask children to think about how they contribute to the life of the classroom and school and record these down.
  • With your child construct, and agree to follow some home-school rules and to understand how these rules help them. Ask them to design a poster and display these rules. 

I hope you enjoy some of the activities above – have lots of fun completing them. Remember to visit BBC Bitesize Daily for some excellent lessons and resources every day for children of all ages.

We look forward to seeing you all soon and miss you all lots. 

Mrs Collins, Miss Adamski and Mrs Carrington.

St Malachy's Primary School, Eggington Street, Manchester, M40 7RG
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