Home learning for Year 2 - Woodpeckers

Week Beginning 29th June

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

Dear Woodpeckers Parents and Children

Thank you for sharing some of your lovely work with me. 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 and Science lessons when the mood is right across the week. I look forward to seeing what you get up to.

Good luck, shipmates!

From Captain May!


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

● read, read, read

● Numbots

● card games, board games or cookery

● telling the time



Day 1: Discuss: What does the Beast want? Why did he talk to the press? What might another beast be like? Think about what the book tells us about beasts. What might another beast like to do? Talk about his nature – friendly? Kind? And his hobbies/likes – eating ice-cream? Writing stories?

Ask your child to create their own beast by drawing him/her as an outline and writing about their personality inside and their hobbies on the outside.

Day 2: Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjwcsk7 to learn about contractions and complete the tasks.

Day 3: Spelling investigation and spellings –find out about the word ending ‘tion’

Day 4: Your beast wants to meet the Lonely Beast. He’s going to write to the newspaper editor to tell him who he is, that he would like to meet the beast and that he is sending a letter for him. (In the next session, you will write the letter that your beast wants to be given to the Lonely Beast.) Use the Letter Writing PowerPoint to find out about formal and informal letters and how to lay them out. Ask your child to ‘be’ their beast and write a formal letter to the newspaper editor. Challenge: use a word ending in ‘tion’!

Day 5: The difference with today’s letter is that it is informal. Usually that means we know the person we are writing to, in this case it’s that your beast wants to know the Lonely Beast and wants to be friendly. Refer back to the PowerPoint to look at informal letters and the example. Your beast is going to explain who he is and how he would like to meet the Lonely Beast and be friends and how he thinks this might happen. Write your letter and include contractions to make it more informal!


Maths: This week, we are going to look at statistics:

Day 1: using tally charts to draw simple pictograms

Day 2: drawing pictograms (2, 5 & 10)

Day 3: interpreting pictograms

Day 4: block graphs

Day 5: collecting and representing your own data

Another maths mystery...



In our pirate ships we shall sail the oceans, so let’s find out what lives beneath the waters. Use the Ocean habitat PowerPoint to explore an ocean habitat. It includes 2 clips https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/zsfkd2p and https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks1-ks2-wonders-of-nature-underwater-world/zh3ygwx. There are also some Ocean Creature Facts to give you some additional information. Now draw and label your own ocean habitat. Try to include a variety of living things. If you wanted to do more than just draw the scene, you can do this as a painting or collage – printing with bubble wrap makes a great sea.

Learning Journey

Learning Journey:

Shipmates, we need to set sail. First, we need to decide where we are going. Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyhp34j and choose one of the places from the 8 learner guides (UK, France, Nigeria, Shanghai, Australia’s Northern Territory, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco or Antarctica). Explore this learner guide to find out about that place and present your findings in any way you like. (Poster, written report, drawing of key features…). Use a world map to draw your route across the oceans to where you visit.