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Home learning activities are all on Microsoft Teams for Year 1  and Year 2.


If you have any problems logging in to either of these platforms please email class2@thorparch-leh.co.uk 




Hello, Class 2! I hope you all had a great Easter break and spent some quality time with loved ones. Hopefully, you will have managed to complete some of the activities below so I have added some new ones to help keep you busy. To keep it simple, I have just added them on below so you don't have to scroll and find them through the previous activities.


Have you got your login details for Microsoft Teams?  

We are moving to using Microsoft Teams to allow children to keep in touch with their teachers and to share the work that they have done.  


Email class2@thorparch-leh.co.uk and your login details will be sent to you.  Also, use this email address if you have any questions about using Microsoft Teams.  



20/4 - Oak National Academy


This resource has launched today and is supported by the Department for Education. It features 3 lessons a day that you can follow (maths, English and a foundation subject). Following these lessons and activities would be a fantastic and simple way of progressing your child's learning in an easy-to-follow manner. Give it a go!


Year 1 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/#schedule


Year 2 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/#schedule


20/ 4 - English activites


Below are some booklets that your child can complete. There are a range of activities in the booklets and they compliment a scheme we use in school (Talk for Writing)  to help improve skills and confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Try and complete the activities over a period of time that is suitable for you and your child.

 Y1 T4W.pdfDownload
 Y2 T4W.pdfDownload
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20/4 - Maths activities


At this point in the year, we would have covered most topics so we would be revisiting areas that need attention! It would make sense to follow the White Rose scheme that has some useful videos and activities every week.






To supplement this, you could make your way through the home learning packs below with your child. This would help you to identify any gaps in their learning that require attention. It would be wise to start making your way through the 'working within' booklet for your year group. If your child is confident then try the 'greater depth' booklets. If your child needs a confidence boost in some areas, have a go at the 'working towards' booklets. Y1s that are confident with 'working within' could have a go at the Y2 'working towards' or 'working within'. 

 Y1 working towards.pdfDownload
 Y1 working within.pdfDownload
 Y2 greater depth 2.pdfDownload
 Y2 greater depth.pdfDownload
 Y2 working towards.pdfDownload
 Y2 working within.pdfDownload
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Y1s can also keep up their KIRFs to keep them ticking over. It would make sense to practice these daily and introduce a weekly test at home. Begin using addition within 10 and use addition within 20 once your child is confident. 

 Addition and subtraction within 10.docxDownload
 Addition and subtraction within 20.docxDownload
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20/4 - Science activities


We would start looking at 'Living things and their habitats' at this point in the year. To start off with, it would be great to go on a 'hunt' and find different things that are 'living', 'dead' and 'never alive'. 


20/4 - Geography activities

We would start looking at comparing an area of the UK with an area of a non-European country. You could start by choosing an interesting part of the world and research the physical and human features. What similarities can you find with the area where you live? What differences are there?




Every day, this website uploads a creative picture that can be used to help stimulate creative writing. Use it to help describe what is in the picture or you might even be inspired to write a short story about it. Don't forget to use those capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and keep your writing on the line! 






Live English lesson from Pie Corbett


 Each day at 9.30, there is a free, daily English live lesson with Pie Corbett, whose ideas we use regularly in school. The broadcast is an hour long and there are activities to complete based on the broadcast. 



Diary writing


It could be worthwhile to being writing a diary. Lots of different things have been going on over the past few weeks and things are still changing every day. You never know, you might forget about all of the historic things that have been happening. When life gets back to normal, it would be interesting to re-read what went on during this time so it could be worthwhile to begin writing a diary. Perhaps write an entry towards the end of the day including: what you have been doing today, any important news that happened, some targets you would like to achieve tomorrow and ideas on how you might spend the following day. Once we get back to school, it could be interesting for you all to pick your most interesting diary entry and to then read it to the rest of the class for us all to enjoy. Happy writing!




We recently began reading The Ugly Duckling in class as a stimulus for our writing. If you do not have the book available, then you can use this link to watch the story being read on YouTube (or use similiar):




Use the book as a stimulus to encourage your child to write. You could:


1) ask your child to write character descriptions of the various characters to add more depth to the story. 

2) ask your child to write setting descriptions of the various scenes from the story. 

3) ask your child to write a diary from the perspective of one of the characters.

4) ask your child to write a letter to one of the characters in the story.

4) ask your child to rewrite the story.

5) ask your child to rewrite the story but change some of the key events, key characters or create an alternative ending. 


Here is a list of other potential traditional tales you could enjoy reading and writing about with your child:


Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince and Hansel and Gretel.


Tips to push children when writing

Encourage the use of descriptive adjectives, interesting sentence starters and of course using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and keeping writing on the line. Using exclamation sentences (!), questions (?) and conjunctions (when, if, that, because, or, and, but) can help develop your child's writing further. Children should read what they have written to check it makes sense and make improvements by adding, removing and substituting words/ sentences/ grammatical features. To reinforce grammar, children could scan for nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs when proof-reading their work. 


Tips to support children when writing

 It can often help to ask your child to say any sentences out loud first before writing them down on the page so that they are checking their writing makes sense. Remind children to use their phonics knowledge when spelling words by segmenting or breaking longer words up into syllables. Before writing longer pieces of writing, children often find it helpful to plan their work first. Gather some useful adjectives to help describe settings and characters. Draw and label what happened throughout the day before writing a diary. Make notes on what happens at the beginning of the story, what happens during the build-up of the story, how the problem is solved and how the story ends before writing a story. 


In addition, it would be helpful to reinforce handwriting during this period. Ask your child to practise writing their name, individual letters and numbers, the date, common exception words (see reading section below), their spellings and other words using corrrect letter formation. Please see below for handwriting expectations.


Harry Potter at Home

J.K. Rowling has launched Harry Potter at Home - a hub of information where you can discover the magic of Harry Potter by reading or listening to the stories and exploring lots of creative activities. Anyone who loves wizards, witches or magical, fantasy worlds will love this resource and it would be fantastic to find out who your favourite characters are or which book is your favourite once we are back at school!





Daily audio books from David Walliams 


Each day, David Walliams is sharing a free audio book on his website.  Maybe even get a pair of headphones for your child to let them immerse themselves in the story.






Keep reading as much as you can at home, either to your child or with them. Talk about the stories, act them out and talk about what could happen next.


If you are running short of books, you can use the Oxford Owl website to access a selection of ebooks. Use the My Class Login button.


Username: class2lehta

Password: leh123




Please see below for additional activities and possible questioning that can be used before, during and after reading. 


Questions to ask before you read

  • Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What characters do you think might be in our story?
  • Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?
  • Does the topic/story relate to you or your family? How?

Questions to ask during the reading

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What can you tell me about the story so far?
  • Can you predict how the story will end?
  • Why do you think the character did _______?
  • What would you have done if you were the character?
  • How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
  • As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?
  • As you read, what are you wondering about?
  • Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?

Questions to ask after reading

  • Can you remember the title?
  • In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?
  • Were your predictions about the story correct?
  • If there was a problem, did it get solved?
  • What happened because of the problem?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
  • What was your favorite part of the story?
  • If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?
  • Can you retell the story in order?
  • If you were __________, how would you have felt?
  • What is the most interesting situation in the story?
  • Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?
  • Why did you like this book?


Master the Curriculum


This website has loads of maths resources that have been made free to help the home learning situation. The 'Mixed Objective Activities' have been made free to download once you register (also free). 


Year 1 - https://masterthecurriculum.co.uk/products/?year=year-1&cat=math&subcat=mixed-objective-activities


Year 2 - https://masterthecurriculum.co.uk/products/?year=year-2&cat=math&subcat=mixed-objective-activities


I have attached some resources below that should prove to be useful. As a rule of thumb, it would be wise to start making your way through the 'working within' booklet for your year group. If your child is confident then try the 'greater depth' booklets. If your child needs a confidence boost in some areas, have a go at the 'working towards' booklets. Unfortunately, the Y1 greater depth booklet isn't downloading for me at the moment so I can't attach the resource - it may work for you if you register and use this link: https://masterthecurriculum.co.uk/product/year-1-working-at-greater-depth-evidence-booklet/.

 Y1 working towards booklet.pdfDownload
 Y1 working within booklet.pdfDownload
 Y2 greater depth booklet 1.pdfDownload
 Y2 greater depth booklet 2.pdfDownload
 Y2 working towards booklet.pdfDownload
 Y2 working within booklet.pdfDownload
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The Maths Factor


The Maths Factor is usually £2 per week but it has been made free. There are loads of videos, resources and games that are linked to specific maths objectives - give it a look!






White Rose Maths Hub is producing a series of home learning resources which include a short video and a set of focused questions based on the area of learning for the day.  Some areas will have been covered by the children, which gives them chance to consolidate previous learning, but others may be new and the videos will be especially helpful for this.  


Each week will see a new set of videos and work activities released.  There is more guidance on the White Rose Maths hub home learning.  

We would like children to select the from the resources provided for their year group.  However, if your child finds this too difficult, it is perfectly fine for children to select from an earlier year group.  


We follow the White Rose Maths Hub scheme of work in school so the children will be familiar with the layout and style of the problems.  

It would be very useful if you can practice telling the time with your child. Having access to a clock would be beneficial. You can find an interactive clock here: 




and there is a link below on how you could make your own clock using a template. 


 Make a clock template.pdfDownload
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By the end of Year 1, children should be confidently able to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. If they are confident, this could be extended to quarter past and quarter to. 


By the end of Year 2, children should be confidently able to tell the time to o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. If they are confident, this can be extended to telling the time to 5 minute intervals (5 past, 10 past, quarter past, 20 past, 25 past, half past, 25 to, 20 to etc). They should also know how many minutes are in an hour and how many hours in a day.  


http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/hickoryDickory/index.html is a fun game that would help the children in their learning of time. Below are a few examples of work that you could complete with your child to help their learning of time.  Please use the bank of websites at the bottom of this page to provide further support.

 Time to 5 minutes problem solving.pdfDownload
 Time to 5 minutes.pdfDownload
 Time to o'clock and half past problem solving.pdfDownload
 Time to o'clock and half past.pdfDownload
 Time to o'clock.pdfDownload
 Time to quarter past and quarter to (2).pdfDownload
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Year 1s can continue practising their current KIRFs and going on mathletics. Revisiting previous KIRFs would also be useful (number bonds to 10, number bonds to 20 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s). 


Year 2s should be encouraged to continue learning the times tables and going on mathletics. They need to know 2s ,5s and 10s off by heart by the end of the year. Using resources such as Times Tables Rockstars can help your child with this. Year 2s  also need to be practising their general arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and finding fractions of amounts). Please see image below on how to use some of the methods when working these out. 

Sample addition questions: 34 + 13, 62 + 23, 47 + 24, 39 + 53, 62 + 25 etc.  Test your child on similar questions, keeping the answer below 100 unless they are confident.


Sample subtraction questions: 64 - 26, 57 - 13, 86 - 43, 92 - 19 etc. Test your child on similar questions, keeping the greatest number in the initial question below 100 unless they are confident. 


Sample division questions: 6 ÷ 2, 10 ÷ 5, 20 ÷ 10, 18 ÷ 3, 16 ÷ 4. Test your child on similar questions, ensuring the answers are divisible to a whole number. When dividing larger numbers such as 100 ÷ 10, children need to be applying their multiplication knowledge to division rather than sharing out 100 between 10. 


Sample fraction questions: 1/2 of 8, 1/4 of 12, 1/3 of 9, 2/4 of 16. Test your child on similar questions, ensuring the answers are whole numbers. 


Sample multiplication questions: 2 x 5, 5 x 4, 10 x 7, 3 x 6. Test your child on similar questions, ensuring the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables are covered (use the 3x table if confident). 


Below are some examples of arithmetic questions you can ask your child to complete. A little an often would be extremely beneficial.

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RWInc videos


In school, we use the RWInc scheme to deliver daily phonics sessions. RWInc are delivering a daily online video. Set 3 would be particularly useful for Y1s and it would also help Y2s revise previous learning. 






There are various games available to practise blending and segmenting sounds. Please see websites:







Y1s: please see example words from p2-p6. Your child needs to be confident in spelling these words.


Y2s: please see example words from p7-p10. Your child needs to be confident in spelling these words.


https://spellingframe.co.uk/ is a useful website that can help your child learn specific spelling rules. 


In addition, please use the common exception words (see below). The children need to be able to read them and also spell many of them so practising them in isolation and in the context of a sentence would be useful. 


The children have started to learn about Florence Nightingale. At the end of the half term we would have posed answers to the question What did Florence Nightingale achieve?

So far, we have looked at:


1) the main events in Florence's life

2) who took part in the Crimean war

3) why these countries fought in the Crimean war

4) where Crimea is and the countries that fought in the war

5) how hospital conditions at Scutari changed because of Florence

6) how the role of nurses changed at Scutari because of Florence


To extend your child's learning on the topic, it would be useful if you could:


1) recap previous learning

2) research how Florence impacted the role of women and what is expected of them

3) investigate why her achievements were significant and what impact they had on the role of society


To help your child's learning, you may find these sites of use:











It would be brilliant if the children could write an answer to the question 'What did Florence Nightingale achieve?' once they feel confident in the topic. You could encourage your child to use key words such as 'legacy', 'influential', 'significant', 'improved' and 'conditions' when thinking of their answer to the question.


It would be useful if the children could explore different materials such as wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. You can explore these materials by comparing their suitability for different uses.


You could do this by:


1) Set up and perform an experiment to see which materials float or sink.

2)Find out if certain materials sink faster.

3)Find out if certain materials sink faster in different types of liquid.

4) Find out which materials can be twisted, bent, squashed and stretched. 

5) Sort the materials into a Venn diagram or a Carroll diagram (link below) according to their properties (hard, soft, flexible, rigid, floats, sinks, rough, smooth etc). 

6) Perform this experiment: 


7) Observe what happens when you freeze or melt different materials.


Collective Worship broadcast


Starting on Thursday 2nd April at 10am, there will be a live weekly Collective Worship broadcast on the St. Mary's Church Fenton Facebook page. All of the usual aspects of a Collective Worship will be present - telling a bible story, thinking together, singing together, praying together and more. 




BBC Supermovers

There are loads of ideas to keep active whilst learning on BBC Super Movers. How many can you do?






PE ideas


Keep active during this time off. Make sure you spend some time in the garden enjoying the fresh air and getting some sunshine whenever it comes out. Below are some ideas we have used in school to help keep the children active.


Joe Wicks Workouts for Kids




Cosmic Yoga for Kids




Complete home learning packs

These home learning packs could also be used to help supplement your child's learning. 

 Year 1 Home Learning Pack.pdfDownload
 Year 1 Practical Ideas.pdfDownload
 Year 2 Home Learning Pack.pdfDownload
 Year 2 Practical Ideas.pdfDownload
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Bank of websites to supplement home learning

General websites


These have resources for most topics. Simply search for the keyword you are looking for.

















































History/ Geography





Florence Nightingale specific sites














Cosmic Yoga for Kids:


Joe Wicks - The Bodycoach - workouts