Home learning for Year 2 - Hedgehogs

Week Beginning 11th January

Please share your learning with me, by sending to sm@harlandsprimary.org

Dear Hedgehogs Parents and Children

Thank you for your kind and supportive messages and all the work you have been sending in. It’s great to see how you are doing. I don't mind if you send the work in daily or at the end of the week - whichever is best for you. It has been lovely to see the children as pirates and learn their pirate names. I hope adults and children alike have enjoyed it!

Again, this week the idea is to do a lesson of Maths and a lesson of English each day to help with the routine of learning, to do the ‘frequently’ section a few times a week and then to do other Learning Journey, Science and Computing lessons when the mood is right across the week.

I have added an ‘other’ section for you to look at if you want some further ideas. Please don't feel under any pressure to do more learning, but it is there if you want something else.

Good luck, shipmates!

From Captain May!


● Practice this week’s spellings and common exception words using the type of activities we usually do in our spelling journals

● read, read, read (try the e-books on Oxford Owl)

● Numbots

● card games, board games or cookery



This week we are going to begin a new book. IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DO NOT READ BEYOND THE PARTS INDICATED so that the children can gain the most learning from this book. They are used to doing this in class and know that we will read the whole story eventually.

The book is The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle. It does not matter if you do not have a copy. I shall be providing everything needed.

Day 1: Look together at the front cover of the book – see separate document. Ask your child the following questions: What’s the book called? Who’s the author?

Now look at the picture - there’s a lot to look at. Ask your child to tell you everything they notice. Try not to prompt too much, but give them plenty of time to explore the image. Next focus on the characters. Ask who they think the characters might be.

Now ask them to think about what the book might be about. What might happen in the story? Why do you think that? What clues can you use from the cover?

Finally ask your child to use their ideas to predict what the story will be about by drawing or writing their thoughts. (They have done this for other books we have looked at, so should know what they need to do.)

Day 2: Look at the image from the first page (1&2) of the book. Talk with your child about what they notice. (Make sure they notice that it’s the same place, but two different times of year). Ask: Why do you think there are two people the same on the 2 parts of the image? What is their significance? Ask your child to write a description of the scene which shows things which are the same and things which are different. Encourage them to be descriptive (ie ‘There is a stripy bag with wheels in both parts of the picture.’ rather than ‘There is a bag in both parts of the picture.’)

Day 3: Spelling investigation and spellings – find out about adding more suffixes.

Day 4: Look at the next page (3&4) where we find out more about Tilda and her life. Talk together about the written words and the image. Ask your child to imagine what life is like in Dull-on-Sea – tidy, neat place, no one to play with, etc. Ask: What is Tilda hoping for? Why? (Encourage your child to re-read the text if they don’t know the answer.)

Now read the next page (5&6). Again talk together about the page. Ask: How do you think Tilda feels now a pirate boy has moved in next door? We can’t see her face, what do you think it looks like?

Ask your child to draw Tilda’s face (there’s one to either copy or print) thinking about the emotions it will show and to write about how she feels and what she might be thinking.

Day 5: Reread the story so far and the next double page (7&8). There’s a clip of me reading it, if you want to play that instead. Explore this new page about the Jolley-Rogers. Look at the writing. Talk about unfamiliar words (eg ashore, landsick, yonder, urchin, rascal) and work out their meanings. Look closely at the illustrations. Ask: What do you notice? Who do you think they are? Why? What might they be like? Why?

Ask your child to choose their favourite character to describe and write about. (There are pictures of each of the characters to help.)



This week, we are going to continue our exploration of money:

Please use this link https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-11-measurement-money/ to the White Rose Home Learning for Year 2, week 11. This week we will be continuing to work on money. Once again there is there is a video to follow for each lesson with accompanying worksheet to complete. I have included the answers to these, so your child can have immediate feedback.

There are also some challenge sheets to go with each day (and the answers). The children are used to trying a challenge in maths and this is an opportunity to show a deeper understanding. They usually do one or two, so may not want to try them all!

Here are the maths answer sheets:

These are the challenges for each day:

And the challenges answers:



Imagine your pirate ship has been attacked but you have managed to reach a deserted island. What would you need to survive until you were rescued?

Make two lists - one of things you would really like to have to help you survive and one of the things that you have to have to live. Think about the life processes that you looked at last week. To stay alive and healthy, you and all other living things, need certain conditions that let them carry out the 7 life processes: food and water, space to move and grow, air or oxygen, shelter and safety.

Now watch the BBC bitesize clip https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/zx38wmn to find out a little more about what we need to survive. Then complete the next two sections of the website.

Learning Journey

Learning Journey:

Last week, you became a pirate. This week I’d like you to find out about some famous pirates.

Watch the PowerPoint: Famous Pirates and answer the quiz questions at the end about what you have learned. If you have any books about famous pirates, you might find some additional information in there.

Create a WANTED poster for one of the famous pirates. Look at the example for ideas. Remember to include a picture of your pirate, their name, why they are wanted, a description and a reward. You could also add a warning!

Create a treasure map: Use the treasure map making instructions or create your own. Make sure you include different landmarks to make it tricky to reach the treasure, such as mountains, forests, swamps… Don’t forget to put an X for the treasure.


Our computing topic this term is computer science. We are going to learn about algorithms and coding.

Use the bbc bitesize website to find out what an algorithm is https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3tbwmn/articles/z3whpv4

Other ideas

Online fun grammar, punctuation and spelling challenges.

Try some of these physical activities - can you improve your time or score?

Maths Mystery Challenge:

Can you solve the clues to find out which pirate found the missing golden goblet?

Science Fun at Home:

Find out about materials with this Science Scavenger Hunt.