Home learning for Year 2 - Hedgehogs

Week Beginning 25th January

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

Dear Hedgehogs Parents and Children

I am very much enjoying looking at all the fantastic work you are sending in - thank you. I am so proud of you, Hedgehogs – keep up the good work.

As ever, 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.

Don’t forget to log your reading on the Reading Miles

Good luck, shipmates!

From Captain May!

Exciting addition

Did you know this coming weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch weekend?

If you made a bird feeder for the challenge a couple of weeks ago, you may have been lucky enough to spot more birds visiting.

The picture below is a link to the RSPB site, where you can register to be part of the Big Garden Birdwatch - you only have to watch for an hour and count what you see.

Let me know if you take part - you could even share your findings with me.


● 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 continue to explore The Pirates Next Door. You have done an amazing job of understanding the characters and how they feel. I have seen some super letters of complaint.

Day 1: Reread the story so far (or listen to both my readings from the last two weeks). Ask: What do you like about the story so far? Why? What don’t you like? Why? What questions do you have about the story? What are you wondering about? What would you like to ask one of the characters? What would you like to know more about?

Ask your child to write some of their questions about the book, checking they remember the words which questions usually begin with and the punctuation mark they need at the end.

Day 2: Read the next page (page 22). Ask: what do you think Jim Lad wants to explain? Talk about this together, encourage your child to use their knowledge of the story so far, to think about the different characters.

Now ask, how might the story end? Discuss your child’s ideas with them. Then they could draw and/or write their prediction.

Day 3: Spelling investigation and spellings – continuing our exploration of vowel suffixes, looking at what we do with words ending in ‘y’

Day 4: Today’s the day to finish the book! You may want to read the whole book from the beginning to end, or just read from where we’ve got up to. Alternatively, listen to the third, or all three, of my readings. Talk about the story. Did it end how you expected? Did you like it? Why? Were there some bits you didn’t like? Why? The discussion about the book is the important thing, but if they want to do something on paper, they could draw or write about their favourite part. (They could also use my favourite word and explain why they chose that part.)

Day 5: Look back at the penultimate pages, where the townsfolk received their gifts from the pirates. Talk about how their attitude changed from when they were complaining and about how appropriate each gift was for that person. Ask your child to be one of the characters - how do you feel about your gift? Ask them to write a thank you letter as that character. I have included an example letter to help them think about the things someone might write.



Please use this link https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/spring-week-2-number-multiplication-and-division/ to the White Rose Home Learning for Year 2, Spring Week 2.

This week we will be continue to work on multiplication. Well done, everyone for making a great start with this maths topic.

As ever, I have included the worksheets and the answers to these, so your child can have immediate feedback – it has been great to see the corrections following checking answers and the learning that can come from that. I have also included some challenge sheets to go with each day (and the answers).

As this week also includes the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, I have added some different ways to practise them in the other ideas section.

Here are the maths answer sheets:

These are the challenges for each day:

And the challenges answers:



This week’s science is to find out about healthy eating. As you will find out in the learning journey lessons, pirates weren’t able to eat very healthily on board ship. But what do we need to keep healthy?

Use the Healthy Eating (1) PowerPoint to find out about being healthy and the foods we need for a balanced diet. The PowerPoint includes two links: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9yycdm/articles/zxvkd2p which has information and a quiz and https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z43hfg8

It also explains the task. You can use the Food Groups sheet to record the task on and the Eatwell Guide to help you.

Learning Journey

Learning Journey:

Find out about pirate life on board ship by watching the PowerPoint Life aboard a pirate ship. The task at the end asks you to apply for one of the jobs. Which job would you like to apply for? Why? Write a job application, telling me which job you want to apply for and why you think you would be good at it. (There’s a sheet to write on if you want it.) There's a word mat which may help.

Your other task is to imagine you are on the pirate ship and there was a storm at sea. You were shipwrecked and landed on a beautiful tropical island. This week, I’d like you to create a scene - either of the beach and the ocean or of the island. Be creative - you could draw, paint, collage (with paper or material) or even make it 3D. I’d love to see what you make, so don’t forget to email it to sm@harlandsprimary.org


This week, use the bbc bitesize website to continue your computer science journey and find out what computer bugs are


and then find out how to programme a robot:


Other ideas

Online fun grammar, punctuation and spelling challenges.

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

Can you knock the right coconuts off their stands?

How many answers can you find in the time?

Maths Mystery Challenge:

Can you solve the clues to find out who bit the leg off the gingerbread man?

Times tables snakes and ladders:

A game to practise your times tables.

Times tables:

Try these sheets to learn more about times tables.

Multiplication wheels:

A different way of answering times tables questions.

More challenging multiplication wheels:

These include missing numbers in different places.