Hello to all of you FABULOUS Year 2 parents and children!
We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable half term where possible.
A big thank you to you all for regularly sending us lots of lovely and adorable photos, videos, messages, emails and much more! We have been so impressed with how you have all been keeping yourselves busy since school closed a fair few weeks ago. We are the proudest teachers in the world and you have certainly put huge smiles on our faces. We are so lucky to work with such wonderful, caring and happy children, parents and carers. Keep up the amazing work everyone! Diolch.
NEW INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING 1ST JUNE
Just below this introduction are lots of photos from last weeks outdoor challenges. Thank you to everyone who sent in some photos. It is not too late to send your photos in. We can add them to the website at any time. It looks like you all had lots of fun! What great weather we had too!
Please find a list of 5 possible activities below which you may wish to complete at home this week (WEEK BEGINNING 1ST JUNE). It is up to you how you spread these activities out during the week. Most of the activities let you decide how much you want to do, what resources you use and how you present it. Remember, these are just suggested activities. There is no expectation as spending time with loved ones and looking out for each other is the main focus for us all.
We will also set 3 additional Maths tasks (further down the page) for you to complete over the week. These will be set on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is also a spelling list as requested through pupil voice. We have also added an extra challenge where we would like your child to record a quick message about their favourite part of Year 2. Please scroll down for further details. Near the bottom of the page there are lots of generic pupil voice challenges which children have suggested over the weeks. We add to this pupil voice list as and when so please let us know if you have any suggestions!
If you do have any questions or would like to send us some of your work then please email us. You can find our email addresses at the end of this letter. Please remember our staff are only human so there may be a few issues we need to sort out but we will aim to have any potential issues sorted as soon as possible. We will try and respond to any emails which need a reply as soon as possible. Just below are some photos from last week's challenges and near the bottom of the page there is a list of documents which summarise previous weeks challenges.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you all get up to! Don’t forget we love to see and hear about what other things you have been up to as well. Any challenges we set are just there as a guide. We all have different situations at home so please just do what you think works best in your house. We appreciate lots of you are still working and looking after your children so everybody's health, happiness and safety must always be the priority.
Take care and stay safe everyone.
Year 2 team
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If you haven't already seen it, please click on the link below to see a message from all our staff at Ton - Yr - Ywen. This was made a few weeks ago. Hopefully it will put a smile on your face! We wonder how many members of staff you can name. Keep going everyone! You are all wonderful!
It's not too late to enter this competition. The deadline to enter is Friday 5th June! See the poster below and ParentMail for more details! Good luck everyone!
We have loved seeing so many happy faces completing the optional outdoor challenges we set in week 7. We hope you will enjoy seeing them too.
Look at all the wonderful things you have seen and done!
Enjoy these interesting diaries and scrapbooks.
Look how the Ton Yr Ywen snake has grown. So many beautiful pebbles!
Look what your sticks became!
Sunflower Reading comprehension
Spellings - Outdoor words
Home made milkshake
One of our pupils made their own milkshake and Mr Seymour just had to have a go! It was delicious! Can you follow this recipe and make your own milkshake? Have fun!
Home made cordial
One of our pupils made their own Elderflower cordial! Can you follow this recipe and make some Elderflower cordial too? Have fun!
We are sure you have all seen and heard about this exciting news! We had to add it to our page. An historic and real life 'Shooting for the stars' moment!
Please click on the link below for some exciting information, videos and pictures of this historic moment.
We would be very grateful if your child could take their time to draw a picture of themselves. We would like the children to focus on their face. They can include their shoulders like the examples below if they wish. Over the year we have drawn lots of self portraits and talked in depth about the children taking their time and including the features of their face. In the past we have got the children to look at themselves in the mirror. We have talked about the shape of our faces and the actual position and shape of our eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Please can your child colour their self portrait in too. Please remind them to use the correct colour. You’d be surprised how many children still colour their faces in green or give themselves blue hair! We would be very grateful if you could send us a photo of just the picture.
**We plan to use the photo of your child's drawing for something at the end of Year 2 so if possible please could you pass this challenge on to others so they don’t miss out.
THIS IS A PUPIL VOICE SUGGESTION
It’s time for you to create your own alien. Use the headings below to create a fact file about your new alien. You can add more information/subheadings if you wish. If you would prefer to type this information then please do. You can write a short answer for each heading however lots of you are super writers and may wish to write a sentence.There is more information and an example below. Have fun!
Home planet (This can be a made up planet or a real planet)
He lives on Planet Slime.
Number of arms
Number of legs
Number of eyes
Appearance (What else does the alien have?)
He has gooey skin and 3 toes.
Characteristics (Is the alien shy/happy/scary/kind/friendly/evil and so on?)
He is a funny, caring and calm alien.
He likes to clean, water his plants and look for shooting stars.
Unkind aliens, orange juice and scary films
(What is the alien trying to achieve? E.g. Make friends. Invade a planet. Remember this needs to link to the characteristics. A friendly alien wouldn’t want to scare or hurt others)
Boo wants to visit Earth and prove to everyone that just because his name is Boo it doesn’t mean he wants to scare everyone. He just wants to make some new friends.
Click on the attachment below and read the text ‘Shooting for the stars’. There are three levels of questions. Lots of you are becoming more confident now when reading different texts and answering the questions. It is up to you which level you start on however the layout and detail in each text is different so it may still be worth looking at level one to begin with and then if you are feeling confident moving onto to the next level for an extra challenge. Good luck!
1. Read the whole text.
2. Answer the questions about the text.
3. Check the answers. Did you get them all right? If not, read the text again and have another go.
THIS IS A PUPIL VOICE SUGGESTION
Make a space themed board game that you and your family can play. It is up to you how easy or complicated you make it. You may even wish to add some other elements to it. E.g. PE Challenge cards - Every time you land on an alien you have to do 5 star jumps.
Maths - Every time you land on a red spaceship that has a number in the 5 times table on it you have to go back 1 space.
Enjoy being creative and playing your board game!
THIS IS A PUPIL VOICE SUGGESTION
A comic strip is a way of telling a story in pictures. Look at the comic strip story below, “Benjy the WonderDog in Space”
Your challenge is to make a comic strip for your Year 2 friends.
You will need to plan what will happen in your story first. Maybe your alien from your fact file will appear in your comic strip! Then show what happens in your story by drawing pictures in the right order (beginning, middle and end).
You can use:
Speech bubbles to tell the reader what is being said.
Thought bubbles to tell the reader what a character is thinking.
Sound effects (Boom! Crash! Wheeeee!)
The first thing you might like to do is watch a comic strip being drawn using the link below:
Please find a comic strip template below which you may wish to copy or you can of course design your own layout.
It’s time to get creative! Your comic strip can be as short or as long as you like. Good luck and enjoy being creative.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT SINCE WE SET THIS CHALLENGE ON MONDAY 1ST JUNE WE HAVE ADDED TWO EXTRA ELEMENTS TO THIS. PLEASE REFER TO PARENTMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS AS WE DON'T WANT TO SPOIL TOO MUCH ON HERE. THANK YOU.**
We would like to put together a video of Year 2 pupils sharing their favourite thing about being in Year 2 (before school temporarily closed) or their favourite thing about being at Ton Yr Ywen. We then plan to use this video for any new children who join the school in the future as well as when it is time for the current Year 1’s to move up to Year 2 (whenever that will be!).
Therefore, we would be very grateful if you could record yourself saying what your favourite thing about Ton Yr Ywen or being in Year 2 has been. Please try and keep this video as short as possible. We do not need you to say your name in the video.
**PLEASE NOTE THIS VIDEO WILL BE SHARED SO IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR YOUR CHILD TO BE IN THE VIDEO PLEASE LET US KNOW**
You may wish to say
What your favourite challenge or event has been (maybe this was a visitor, a WOW day, a trip etc).
Your favourite area of the classroom (indoors or outdoors)
Your favourite subject
Your favourite thing to do
Your favourite memory or moment
What you enjoyed about it/Why you chose this.
My favourite thing about Year 2 is the creative area because there are lots of resources to choose from. I have completed lots of challenges with my friends in this area. We really enjoyed making sea creatures.
My favourite thing about being in Year 2 is completing lots of challenges inside and outside. I like to try my best so I can get lots of ticks and smiley faces in my books.
My favourite thing about Ton Yr Ywen is all of the space we have. I like sharing the playground with Year 1 and playing on the big field.
Please click on the attachment below to open up a NEW Maths quiz. It is up to you how you record your answers. You can email us your answers or get a grown up at home to check them. Don’t worry if you need a bit of help with some of them. That’s what the grown ups are there for. Good luck!
Please click on the attachment below to open up a document with some rocket problem solving questions. It is up to you how you record your answers. You can email us your answers or get a grown up at home to check them. Don’t worry if you need a bit of help with some of them. That’s what the grown ups are there for. Good luck!
Click on the link below or type ‘Number fact families Topmarks’ into Google.
A fact family uses the same digits but in a different order to create 4 number sentences. It helps children understand inverses. For each fact family there are two addition and two subtraction OR two multiplication and two division. Please see two examples below.
Addition and subtraction fact family example
3 + 7 = 10
7 + 3 = 10
10 - 3 = 7
10 - 7 = 3
Multiplication and division fact family example
4 x 5 = 20
5 x 4 = 20
20 ÷ 4 = 5
20 ÷ 5 = 4
We suggest starting on the addition and subtraction games first. Please click on ‘Up to 10’ or ‘Up to 20’ first. You may then wish to explore other addition and subtraction levels or look at the multiplication and division levels. For further instructions on how to play the game please click on instructions when the game has loaded.Enjoy!
Things to be aware of on the game
There are two versions of each game. The game on the left hand side has the equals sign at the end of each number sentence. The game on the right hand side has the equals sign at the beginning of each number sentence.
The multiplication and division levels include the 3 and 4 time tables. We appreciate not all of our children are familiar with these times tables yet.
THIS IS A PUPIL VOICE SUGGESTION
Please find some more space themed words for you to practice spelling this week. We appreciate some of these words are quite tricky to spell so you may wish to just focus on a few of the words from the list this week.
We have also kept the list of high frequency words below. For an alternative or extra challenge you may wish to try and spell a few more words from this list. Please note there are now two lists.
Please find a list of interactive Maths games Year 2 have used either in school or during home learning. They are very useful games which help reinforce lots of different Maths topics. You may wish to favourite some of these so your child can access them again and again. Just click on the link to play the game you like. We will continue to add to this list when appropriate. Have fun! :-)
Measuring length (cm)
Topics - Measure (Length)
Topics - Repeated patterns
Topics - Symmetry
(YOU WILL NEED TO TURN YOUR SOUND ON FOR THIS GAME)
Topics - 1 more or less, 10 more or less
Hit the button
Topics - Number bonds, Doubles, Halves, Times tables, Division
Toy Shop Money Game
Topics - Money (Paying for items)
Topics - Multiplication
Mental Maths Train
Topics - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
Place Value Basketball
Topics - Place value
Topics - Money (Ordering, Sorting, Counting)
Our new topic is underway! Many thanks for all your ideas! If you have anymore please do let us know. To begin with we think this topic might include things about space, stars in the community, sport stars, countries and flags with stars on them and much much more!
Lots of our Summer challenges will now be based on this new exciting topic. We hope you enjoy your new topic and we can’t wait to see where we go with this! It’s time to have fun together ‘SHOOTING FOR THE STARS!’
Here are some photos of your pupil voice ideas for our new topic.
Click on the document to see all of your ideas and some of the grown ups ideas in a list!
They are all fab and we will try and include as many as we can over the next few weeks!
If you have any more ideas during the topic then please let your teacher know.
These are some non topic related challenges which children have suggested over the last few weeks. They can be completed whenever you like. Feel free to email us some photos or videos to show how you got on. Also, if you have any more ideas you would like us to add to the list then let us know. Have fun! :-)
HERE IS AN UPDATED VIDEO.
LOOK OUT FOR SOME OF THE YEAR 2 GROWN UPS!
Can you help complete this challenge? Film yourself catching a teddy on one side and then throwing it onto the next person on the other side. We love this idea!
See below for a video of all the entries so far. This isn't finished yet though so keep emailing your videos in if you can!
(Try and keep the video as short as you can).
Over the last few weeks one of our pupils has had great fun using these maps to find all the different rubbings in two local parks. Maybe you and your family would like to do this one day!? Either click on the link below to see the walking trails in a number of parks or click on the images to see the maps of two very local parks. Have fun! :-)
A child in Year 2 has had great fun watching a series of drawing videos by Rob Biddulph and wondered if any of you would like to have a go!?
Click on the link below to see how to draw an owl. There are some owl drawings below from two of our Year 2 children. They are amazing. Well done guys!
If you'd rather draw something else, there are lots of different videos for you to see! You may even recognise some of the characters Rob draws. Click on the link below to see all of his videos.
We understand that Rob will be adding new videos every Tuesday and Thursday morning! How exciting.
Why not email and/or Tweet us some photos of your drawings and we will add them to our gallery below!
Mrs Constantinou has had a go and drew WALT. See if you can see him below.
Have fun drawing everyone! :-)
One child in Year 2 is having great fun practicing their Maths skills using this game. It looks like lots of fun! Click the link below to have a go. Enjoy!
Have you seen this amazing challenge!? Try and put a t-shirt on whilst doing a handstand against the wall or a door. Have a look at one of our amazing Year 2 pupils below showing us how it's done! Very impressive indeed! Thanks for the challenge. You can send us your videos if you wish. Good luck! :-)
Join the Galaxy Pugs on a science mission. Follow the link below, choose your spaceship, and learn about the science topic of your choice.
Write a list of 7 different words.
Now write a short story which contains these 7 words.
If you are stuck for an idea the creator of this challenged used the following 7 words:
Thanks for this idea, we love it! What a fab idea! Da iawn!
Time to get writing everyone!
We look forward to hearing you selected 7 words stories
Just like you, Miss Pontone is missing our allotment, especially in all this lovely weather we have been having! She has found the following links for you to look at. There are lots of fun things to see and do on these websites. Whether you just read them and learn something new or complete one of the suggested activities it is up to you! Have fun! :-)
This is such a cute activity.
Draw around yourself.
Colour it in.
Send it to someone you love (maybe through the post).
Thanks for the suggestion. We love it! This is certain to put a huge smile on anyone's face!
Can you build a model rocket using things you can find in your house or garden? This could be recycled materials, natural materials, or construction toys. We would love to see your pictures. Up, up and away!
Become a space explorer and discover a new planet! Give your planet a name. What is it made of and what is it like? Who lives there?
Fresh air time
Play in the garden, go for a walk (within reason), ride your bike or scooter (within reason).
Help with some chores. Your parents will have a list we are sure!
E.g. dry the dishes, fold and sort the clothes, lay the table.
Read your school book or a book of your choice on your own or with an adult
Arts and crafts, drawing, Lego, cook or bake with an adult
Reading, puzzles or ask an adult to read to you.
Talk to each other, make up a quiz, play a board game together.
Think of a challenge for your Year 2 friends to try at home. Ask an adult to email your idea to Mrs. Harvey or Mr. Seymour!
For further generic resources, games, ideas, videos and much more please click on the first link below. There are lots and lots of fantastic resources on here.
The second link is for Purple Mash. Once your child has logged in they are able to explore all the different activities at their leisure.